Flipping the classroom

Two Science teachers wrote a piece for eSchool News on the flipped classroom.  You can read the article HERE, titled The Truth About Flipped Learning.  Several assumptions and misconceptions about flipped learning are identified.

In recent months, a lot of attention has been paid to flipping the classroom.  Thanks largely due to Sal Khan and the success of the Khan Academy.  I had the opportunity to hear Sal Khan speak at a conference earlier this year.  I suggested to him, and others, that there needs to be more context around the term “flipping the classroom”.  Really, what does that mean?  For many, it’s been oversimplified to mean students watch a video at home, and do worksheets in the classroom.  And in this age of accountability, how can we support teachers wanting to change a traditional classroom.

To the contrary, and what I appreciate about this article is that it points out how flipped classrooms can support differentiated instruction as well as  problem based learning.  Furthermore, flipping the classroom can be about more than just videos.  Discovery Education users know that teachers can front-load learning and establish a common understanding with images, songs, articles and other media assets.  Furthermore, the authors provide various ways to assist students access media at home when the students don’t have internet access.

Flipping the classroom isn’t a one size fits all classrooms ideology.  With some effort and planning, teachers can make a flipped classroom work for their students.

Have you implemented a flipped classroom this year?  Thinking about doing it next school year?  What lessons and tips can you share?  How have you used Discovery Education products to support your efforts?

Comments

  1. Joe Wagner

    Regardless of assumptions and misconceptions, flipping the classroom at the very least would seem to imply that some portion of the instruction or learning that formerly took place in the classroom is now happening outside it. For this to succeed, students probably need the help and support of involved and motivated adults (primarily parents) outside the classroom. Many kids are fortunate to get this support and encouragement at home, and some are not so lucky. Thus, it will be interesting to see how kids who are already prone to success in school do in a flipped classroom versus kids who are less predisposed to success.

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