How to Use Fluency-Style Flipped Learning for Great Teaching Adventures

by | Dec 25, 2017

If you’re already familiar wth the Essential Fluencies, you may be trying to figure out ways to bring them into your classroom. Flipped learning is a great way to do it because flipped classrooms are one of the best tools for creating environments for creative problem-solving. This happens efficiently and effectively when all of your students are engaged.

Flipped learning brings three exceptional qualities to a classroom:

  1. Differentiation—When you create and post a video online, your students will have access to your lecture at any time. This helps busy students keep up with lessons. Struggling students can review as many times as needed, and accelerated students can work ahead.
  2. Critical thinking—Once students have interacted with pre-recorded content, your in-class activities will deal with higher-order thinking and problem-solving. This improves class discipline since students are engaged in the creative process.
  3. Mutual Engagement—It challenges the educator as much as the student. Recording your lectures lets you think and rethink how effectively you can deliver your message.

Now we’ll see what Fluency-style flipped learning can do in your classroom. You’ll begin to see how flipped learning is an ideal portal to Fluency and Global Digital Citizenship values in our students.

Solution Fluency-Style Flipped Learning


Your pre-recorded video or interactive online content is the first step in defining the problem, setting goals, and presenting the basic facts. Students have the opportunity to move into discovering more facts on their own through research and knowledge quests. Then they can instinctively dream on their own, and when they enter your class they can design solutions collaboratively.


They can quickly and creatively deliver solutions with their projects. Your students are free to get to the all-important process of debriefing or assessing the effectiveness of their projects. They are no longer imprisoned by rehashing lecture material daily.


Information Fluency-Style Flipped Learning


The information needed for your students to engage in their classroom activities is at their fingertips. Your lectures may be the springboard for other information gathering ideas. You need only point them in the right direction. They will naturally begin asking the right questions, and acquiring and analyzing relevant information ahead of time.

When your students get together in class, they are free to scrutinize the information as a group, actively and collaboratively. They can apply their deductions to true problem solving and assessing the relevance of their facts.


Flipping your classroom is all about the dissemination of information and its effectiveness to carry the intended message. Not only is the content important, but the speed and accuracy it needs to hit the target is crucial.

As you continue to create and present interactive online content, your skill at anticipating the needs of your students and offering tools for understanding becomes sharpened. You will find a consistency that you have not known before. The sharing of information, as we already know in the digital world, will happen in real time even outside of the classroom.

Creativity Fluency-Style Flipped Learning


Creativity has freedom to develop in a flipped classroom. The basic knowledge and prerequisite examination of the subject matter has been identified outside of class before class discussion has even begun. Your videos or the content you choose to assign can inspire students however you wish. They will begin to see how their own creative talents can contribute to projects that they come up with on their own, or given your guidelines.


When students are free to collaborate, the process of interpolating patterns and imagining artful ways of expression offers itself up naturally. The best part is when they can step back and inspect their work through different lenses. You can begin to assess their learning through their creative output.


Media Fluency-Style Flipped Learning

The process: LISTEN | LEVERAGE

Media Fluency demands a knowledge and appreciation of the different media available to explain our message. Moving from traditional text and speech, we are challenged as teachers to listen with all our senses. We can look to audio, visual, and multisensory techniques to effectively reach our intended audience.

As you produce your interactive videos or websites, you begin to leverage the potential of different media. As the use of media must undergo the deepest scrutiny of the public, your teaching becomes immediately accountable. This is something all teachers should welcome and strive for.

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Students should be welcome to comment, critique, and offer suggestions for improvement of your online content and how much better you can deliver your message.

You no doubt will find yourself using many different types of media to encapsulate your content. It could be video, audio, or an interactive website. As students get accustomed to interacting and engaging with your recorded content, they will no doubt begin to define their own maps to producing their own media as digital citizens.

Collaboration Fluency-Style Flipped Learning


The flipped classroom is collaborative from the very beginning. When teachers have posted their video lectures, this establishes the first portal through which our students engage in learning. It sets the stage for your class discussions and projects. You suddenly have control—much more than you ever had—about knowing what students know.

Can you imagine your students envisioning together not only in class but through online forums or task organizers such as Asana or Basecamp? The class takes on a whole new level where they can engineer and execute solutions effectively and efficiently. They can examine those projects with the same degree of success.


By having access at will to comprehensive and well-executed interactive lecture, it empowers students to absorb information at their own pace. This collaborative learning is the ultimate goal in our interactions with each other. It brings the Essential Fluencies full circle.

From the individual work at home with the interactive lectures, to the collaborative classroom and finally solving problems as a team and assessing their own work, this is the stuff of the future of education.

Go Boldly Flipping

Flipped learning allows you to hit all the bases:

  • delivering content at home at the student’s own pace
  • using the material in class through project-based learning
  • using creative assessment tools

Your students will be scientists coming together to solve complex puzzles, armed with knowledge that you have provided, accessible at any time. When each individual knows the problem and has thought about it before coming to class, their ideas can be put on the table more readily. This leads to meaningful in-depth discussions as part of critical thinking. Students will be free to create and collaborate and your classes will take on a richness and meaning that both your students and you deserve.

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