Graham the Owl & Anthony

Graham the Owl & Anthony

Learning communities across the globe have come to realize the power and efficiency in leveraging digital devices to transform learning. Flipped classrooms and blended learning environments increase student engagement by allowing differentiated and tailored instruction. Not to mention, it frees up face-to-face classroom time when students could be learning collaboratively with one another or teachers could be covering other material. GrammarFlip is leading the charge in this revolution!

GrammarFlip began in my classroom. After years of one-size-fits-all classroom instruction, I discovered that I could provide my students a higher quality learning experience by “flipping” my classroom. Students watched instructional videos I created for homework at their own pace on their own time, and then they assessed their understanding of the material through a series of online practice exercises that provided them instant feedback. When they arrived the next day, we began class with fun writing activities that required them to apply the concepts they had just learned. I moved around the classroom addressing questions and working with individual students who needed help while learners who grasped the material more quickly were able to move on to other classroom projects. Through the use of these instructional videos followed by practice exercises, I was able to provide more tailored instruction to the students who needed it, and at the same time, I was able to allow faster learners to move on to the next activity.

Very quickly I discovered that by flipping my classroom students were actually learning grammar, and I was gaining more class time for students to engage in other activities and projects within my curriculum. I had moved from a teacher-centered classroom to a more student-centered classroom; students felt more empowered with the flexibility of how, when, and where they learned. No longer did I “teach to the middle” and hope for the best; I had flipped my classroom, and all students were benefiting! With GrammarFlip, I want teachers, students, and homeschool parents to share that same transformative experience. I hope you’ll join us!

Anthony

Philosophy Behind GrammarFlip

The goal of grammar is not necessarily to become a Master Grammarian (although that would be a cool title), but rather it is to become a better writer by applying one’s knowledge and understanding of grammatical and mechanical concepts.

Are there great writers that don’t know what an adverbial phrase is? Sure, but there is value in knowing how elements of writing are labeled and function in a sentence. Consider the builder of a beautiful and exquisite home who points to the ornate, hand-carved front door and says to you, “Isn’t that a beautiful roof?” Consider the attorney who does not know how a subordinating conjunction works when drafting a legal contract. Consider the student learning another language and the light bulb above her head when she makes the connection that a third person plural pronoun exists in English as well the second language she is learning. The point is that having a solid understanding of grammar and its proper labels and functions will aid one in writing and gaining credibility as a writer. GrammarFlip is aimed at helping middle school,  high school, and university level students achieve results in both of those areas.

Research studies show that middle-school, high-school, and college students prefer a blended learning approach that combines the benefits of both online and face-to-face instruction. GrammarFlip does just that!

Teachers may elect to use GrammarFlip as part of a flipped classroom approach or simply as a supplemental resource to aid classroom instruction.  Since students can work independently, they can move at their own pace to demonstrate mastery at each level of the program. No longer will students twiddle their thumbs in class due to boredom or confusion.  GrammarFlip will help target individual needs and keep students engaged all while maximizing student learning!