The flipped classroom is becoming more common in schools across the country. This is no surprise given the recent advancements in computers, the expanded use of tablets and iPads, and the increased familiarity with technology in general. In a flipped classroom technology is used to enhance student learning outside the classroom and class time is focused on understanding and delving into lesson topics in much more depth.
What does a flipped classroom look like?
A flipped classroom allows students to watch lectures and study lesson materials to gain knowledge of a particular topic outside of the classroom. In class, the teacher may revisit concepts for students, but concept engagements and working through exercises are the main focus. Basically, typical “homework” takes place in the classroom where teachers can offer individualized support as students deepen their knowledge of the concept.
Flipped classrooms have both advantages and disadvantages to them:
- Students can learn at their own speed. They can read lesson materials at their own pace and can stop, pause, and rewind/rewatch videos at home. This allows students to spend as much or as little time with each lesson as they need, and students can also receive additional one-on-one help inside the classroom.
- Increases student engagements because students come into the classroom prepared to discuss the lesson topic and are more likely to participate in discussions when they are familiar with the material.
- Promotes student-centered learning, collaboration, and team-based skills. Teachers have the opportunity to work with each student individually or allow students to work in groups to complete in-class exercises.
- Classroom discussions are more focused because each student knows exactly what the topic of the day is through their lesson viewing / studying the previous evening.
- Not all school districts or students have access to all types of technology. This could make it very difficult for viewing videos or other lesson material online.
- Not all students may have access to the internet or high-speed internet depending on where they live. This could mean long loading times and streaming may not always be a possibility.
- Some students might not learn well from a computer screen or be uncomfortable studying on their own. It requires additional focus and often parental guidance.
- Students are being held accountable for learning on their own. For some less motivated students this may be a large challenge to overcome.
Flipped classroom video:
We have compiled some great tips for flipping your math class.
1) Start by assigning a video for students to watch on a topic you would like to teach.
2) Once the students watch the video, ask them to post a question on a discussion board or private online forum and respond to classmates questions before the beginning of the next class.
3) Once in class, you can use the online discussion as a basis for classroom conversation. You can also spend time individually with students that need additional assistance on the topic.
4) As you become more comfortable with the flipped method, continue to expand the video viewing assignments to eventually reach a full lesson.
Are you thinking about flipping your classroom? Or have you already flipped your classroom? Let us know your thoughts on flipped classrooms or how you’re doing with your flipped classroom in the comments below!