I am now officially a member of the TED online community. I imagine there will be a lot of interesting things to explore, but for now my assignment is FLIPPED CLASSROOMS. Flipped instruction is one of the latest buzz words in education. In my 6th grade student teaching placement, my mentor teacher experimented with some flipped instruction in one of the social studies units, although it didn’t involve technology. Reading the blogs on TED-Ed about flipped instruction, there are lots of advocates out there. The one blog I thought very helpful was by edutopia called Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom by Andrew Miller. It’s not that Mr. Miller was “anti-flipped instruction” but he was the voice of reason. He explained that flipped instruction isn’t an end or a solution, rather it is a technique for maximizing class time with students. Mr. Miller says flipped instruction does free up the teacher’s time, but “just because I ‘free’ someone, doesn’t mean that he/she will know what to do next, nor how to do it effectively.” Once you make the decision to explore flipped instruction, be sure to read Andrew Miller’s article to learn about the Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom.