How to teach practice not theory

We started watching “How to get away with murder” series. Four minutes into the first episode you get the most beautiful scene from a perspective of a person crazy about all things learning. 

Look at what the main character, a professor, tells her class: 

💬 ❝Unlike many of my colleagues, I will not be teaching you how to study the law or theorize about it, but rather how to practice it in a courtroom, like a real lawyer. Now to our first case study. Tell us the facts.❞ 

➜ She doesn’t waste time on retelling them what they can read in a book.

➜ She calls out students by name and asks them specific questions about the material they’ve read at home: what, how, where, what happens when, etc.

➜ Then they move to discussion and problem-solving.

If you’re interested what happened to one guy who came unprepared, watch it  🤦‍♂️

This is the flipped classroom, the method we’re introducing to IFRC trainings, as we see fit. It’s dynamic, engaging and highly effective. I guess, this is the reason this process often makes it to movie scripts.


This is how it works: 

In a traditional classroom you teach the class, students listen. There is lack of interaction, and nobody knows whether they actually hear you. Then, after the class, students are expected to practice and assimilate the concepts on their own. 

In a flipped classroom, before the class the students prepare on their own by reading the assigned material. Then, in the classroom, you arrange practical exercises, discussions and make sure everybody participates. You guide students and help them consolidate concepts. 


More on facilitation you can in our Facilitators' Guide and this online module 

Article originally posted on Linkedin by Evgenia Generalova