Thursday, June 26, 2014
What do you mean by Flipped Classroom?
By definition a Flipped Classroom is when your students complete the traditional lecture that would be done during class at home the night before for homework. They view a video lesson the teacher has created or found outside of the classroom prior to the day's lesson. The video is no longer than 15 minutes. Class time is then spent on inquiry-based learning which is what would typically be viewed as "homework." This is the application part. Which, if you think about it, is where we ensure that our students are demonstrating that they comprehend what was taught.
If we teach it then have our students work on a generated worksheet, read a quick passage, complete few problems, or whatever else in the last 10-15 minutes of class, are we truly ensuring that they comprehend the lesson taught enough to complete extended practice at home when we can't help them?
Sometimes our students get it. But more often than not, they don't. When they bring their homework back the next day I will have some who have completed the work (usually only a handful), some who have given it a go and done fairly well, some who just wrote down answers thinking that I wouldn't really look, some that gave up after a few (maybe even one) problems in, and then the group who just didn't start it because they never understood it to begin with. This is where the Flipped Classroom can help.
I have used the flipped classroom and love it! Technology can be an issue because some students won't have access to a device to watch a video the night before. At my school, we have computer labs that are open in the morning prior to school so that students who don't have access can come and view the lesson. I have also used a modified version of this in my classroom where my students watch the video at the beginning of class and then complete the work after.
Teachers, what are your thoughts? Have you used the Flipped method?
Can't wait to hear from you!