Reverse Instruction in Guidance Classes

Course 4 Week 4: What would flipped classroom look like in my classroom?

Flipped classroom  should work in guidance classes, especially if I focus more on project based learning.  Because I only teach 14 guidance lessons per year, when I move toward project based learning I will not have enough time to cover all the material. Flipped classroom would give students opportunities to check out guidance materials (like Stop, Think, and Pick a Plan, and Handling Anger). In turn,  parents would have a better sense of what is being covered (not a 21st century school term, but I am going to use it.)  Imagine kids and parents watching/listening, and having a follow up conversation at home about anger management, refusal skills, digital citizenship, and bullying.  In class, kids can work collaboratively on their projects, like role playing and creating teaching material for younger grades.  They would also have time to delve into the topic deeper than before.   This feels more relevant and meaningful.

I can also see Steve, my colleague, and I making videos, podcasts, and voice threads together.  (I am a little fuzzy on the difference between podcasts, and voice threads.)  This way, students can be exposed to both of us.  We can compliment each other’s styles as well.  We can become Dan Meyer of elementary guidance lessons! (just kidding)

Coming up with exciting new ideas here.  Creating will definitely be a challenge.  The good thing is I will have 8 weeks off starting this Friday.  I shall “play” this summer.

*photo of beach chairs by The Mitchell Group International, found on Flickr.

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About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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One Response to Reverse Instruction in Guidance Classes

  1. I like the idea of you guys being the Dan Meyers of Guidance! I also appreciate you would make them because only you know the students you serve. And your point that parents will know exactly what is being discussed can only be a good thing. Thanks!

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