So during my undergraduate studies, I have had the experience to use flipped classrooms and create flipped classrooms. This new type of classroom learning, if you are unfamiliar, allows teachers or professors to create their lesson for the learners to view before they come to class. The learner will then take notes and bring in any questions to be answered by the teacher the following day. Then during class time, the learners will be doing more hands on activities rather than sitting through a lecture. My question is are the students successfully learning or are they just browsing the content?
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of this movement; however, I do see a downside. Are the students getting the information they need? Is there significant motivation for the students to do more of the work on their own? What about all this time the students are spending on the computer? I am a firm believer that if you begin to work flipped classrooms into every day curriculum, that eventually it will stick, meaning that the students will become classically trained to sit at a computer and learn. The biggest fear is, well, will there then be a use for as many teachers? I believe that there may be more teachers needed if a flipped classroom setting is implemented. It is hard for one teacher to formally assess, converse, and make sure that the students are on task with the hands on activities. I believe that this puts more of the teacher evaluation onto the students, and I am unsure of how I would feel about that.
So now for some pros, since I am a big supporter of the flipped classroom. This allows students to work at their own pace, which is great. The student are also able to access the information again, or if they missed the class they can access the information immediately. This also gives parents a great resource to use to help their students with the tasks their children are being asked to complete. Most importantly, the flipped classroom allows students to collaborate more effectively with each other.
I have seen a flipped classroom work great for some teachers, and fail for others. I believe it not only relies on heavy planning from the teacher (which I believe is always happening) and high motivation from the students to work efficiently.
So my question I ask of you, is what are some of the risks you are willing to take as a teacher. Is this one of them? Do you think that the flipped classroom approach, if you have experience with it, is a good or bad thing?
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