Hey, thanks so much for coming and joining me again today. Today, I'm gonna tell you stop giving lectures to your students. I want you to start teaching. Instead you may notice but 80% of talk that happens in a classroom, is the teacher's voice just talking and talking and talking whether that's asking questions telling kids to start and be quiet or if you are presenting something from a PowerPoint, for 80% of your lesson and in alignment with that, the number one, negative impact that you can have on students learning is for the student to be bored.
And you make you fantastic presentation because if you are giving presentations at lectures all the time, then you are boring. Your students two numbness, right? They are not learning anything in that class because they are bored. So, what should you do instead? Well, number one, you should allow students to actually explore a topic on their own.
Give them a chance to get on a computer to go and find stuff that they can find if they're old enough if they're younger. Maybe you could take them outside and actually do some exploring in a garden out in the actual real world, have them. Look at things that relate to the topic that they're learning about.
Give them that chance to find stuff on their own, to develop their curiosity to develop their ability, to do some research and to help them to actually get engaged in what you're trying to teach them. Number two, another thing you should be doing is to get them actually reading some content.
But if you are presenting all the time, all they're doing is being really passive seeing out and listening, you want to get at least a little bit more active and that can be as simple as getting them to read a section on a website or read an article, read a novel, read a section of a textbook.
If you like just so that they're not completely passive and sitting there listening to your talk, get them to read. And particularly if they're in your younger years, if they're in primary or elementary types year level, it's super important there to be doing more and more reading to develop that skill and to be reading different types of text and all those kinds of things.
So make sure that you are doing that more than you're getting yourself to talk to them because you're develop them developing that passive learning and passive learning actually ends up being very little learning in the end. That number three, the thing that you should be doing is in a lecturing and it's probably my favourite thing is that you should flip your classroom right, take your presentations and record them, make a video and then get your students to watch those videos instead of you actually presenting them.
Even if they watch the videos in your class, it's still going to give you time back in your classroom, because you can actually take a presentation from a classroom that takes you half an hour 40 minutes. And when you've record it, it actually becomes about 15 minutes and so your students can watch that in 15 minutes and take their notes and stuff and come out of that having learnt stuff from you still, but they can learn it at their pace and flip learning does lots of really cool things as well.
Right actually allows some differentiation because they can pause the video to take their notes. They can rewind to re-listen to something, and they can take notes and they can answer, quizzes, all kinds of stuff right for flipping, your learning. So think of the time that this is actually going to save you in your classroom and that's if they list, watch it in your class.
If you even more prepped, you can actually get the students to watch it at home, right? Give them three days, send the video to them and say, hey I want you to watch this video in the next three days. Are you ready for this lesson and get them to watch it?
They come in, suddenly you have so much more time in your classroom to do some fun stuff with them to actually get them to do application, to go and do something enquiry to do any kind of work on a project, anything, right? So they're not just sitting there listening to you talk every lesson.
Number four, you can actually start a develop student learning skills, right? Start to develop their ability to come up with questions and be inquisitive, help them to develop their learning dispositions or the learning powers. That's called so many different things. But they're the skills that are needed for learning, right?
And you want to be developing these in your students. And so, I want to encourage you stop talking to them. That is not developing this ability to learn. You want to, actually, teach them how to learn how to go and find a website. I find five websites, how to know, which one is a good one, right?
So that's critical thinking. They're going to start working out. Well, this one's written by just another school student. So, probably not that great. This one's written by a teacher in that area. So maybe this one's written by someone who actually went to university and studied that area. Maybe they're a doctor in that area, they're going to PhD.
I'm gonna listen to that one, right? Or they're a professor even? I'll step above that. I'm gonna listen to that person in their articles and teaching them those skills to distinguish between the content that they're finding online or maybe they're working in a collaborative task and you're actually have to focus on.
How do I work with someone else in a way that's beneficial for us both? But how does collaboration work for us to not just have one person doing the work while the rest of us sit back and benefit from that? How do you actually set up a collaborative task to, then do some better more deep learning.
And so you could actually teach a students how to set up groups themselves and then they can get into a group and they've got to set up how the group's gonna work? Who's doing, what kind of tasks what kind of questions you're gonna ask each other, as you bring content to each other, anything like that, right?
There's so many steps to really good collaborative tasks, but you can start to do, you can start to develop their ability in research in enquiry, their abilities, to learn their ability to keep going when they get stuff wrong because they're going to actually have a chance to get stuff wrong.
And then have time to try because you're not talking for 80% of the time in the classroom, right? You're allowing the students to talk. It allows you time to listen and to think about what they're saying, and what they might need next to improve what's going on. So stop giving some lectures and start teaching start actually listening to your students and just stepping in when you're needed, to help them go to that.
Next step, One of the best benefits of you to stop lecturing is that it gives your students a chance to be after you've learners, right? They're no longer going to be passive consumer. Sitting there listening to stuff, even watching a video can become quite passive, right? How can you make that active?
How can you teach and how to take notes while they're watching a video or even if you are going to talk, teach them how to take notes to become more active, as they're listening or actually get them, doing real research, real projects, real in quite enquiry processes, where they're actually writing some information asking more questions and then finding that information or maybe they find an article that has a really good footnote and they're going to go and read that footnote now because it's so cruel and has so much more information and it just connects and they're starting to build that process of understanding how learning works.
So by stopping giving lectures right by reducing the number of hours, number of minutes that you're talking in your classroom, you can reduce that really easily by allowing your students to explore a topic on their own, actually gave them some read stuff. Instead of listening to you, you could flip your class.
Now, flipping doesn't have to be a video, either. It can be reading articles, it can be listening to audio. It can be watching. It can be any kind of medium for consuming content. That's how you could flip your classroom. You could start to focus on developing students, learning skills and you can get them to be active learners in your classroom.
I think that is so important for our students, to start to go down that road, at action, step for you. But so first, start, by just reducing how much you're talking. Find other ways for students to learn, If you want to give flipped learning ago and I really would encourage you.
I've been my classroom for at least 10 years. It is the way that I teach, it's freed me up to do so much more as a teacher. It's enabled me to just create fantastic lessons that I see way more engagement for my students now that I've stopped presenting, right?
They're learning the content faster and people get worried about flipline taking so much time, but actually doesn't take as much time as you think, and it is just super beneficial. In fact, I might make my next episode all about sleep learning, But if you want to flip one lesson, I actually have a 10-step plan that you can grab for free.
Head over to teacherspd.net. Slash 10, step. Flip all is one word, no spaces or anything and 10 is a number. So teachers, pd.net slash 10 step flip, you can grab the 10 step plan, that will show you how to flip one lesson by following these 10 simple steps. And you'll have a great fun lesson with engaged students where you are not lecturing them where you are not talking at them for 80% of that time.
So make sure you go and grab that otherwise this episode's done. I look forward to seeing you again next time.