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Pros & Cons: The Flipped Classroom

Want Lessons to become homework, and homework to become classwork? Then think about the Flipped Classroom

Tech tools are being used a lot more frequently within classrooms in a variety of ways.  Have you and your class begun to incorporate the new Flipped Classroom teaching method?

Let’s start by addressing the obvious: what is a Flipped Classroom? And how does it work? A flipped classroom – or ‘Flip Teaching’ – is “a form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage learning in a classroom so that a teacher may spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing (from Wikipedia).”

To break it down into simpler terms, a teacher will assign various materials (i.e. video lectures, articles, etc.) for the students to review as homework. This makes class time available to complete assignments and activities, instead of lectures. During this time, teachers will often go over any part of the lesson that was unclear to students.

Like every new learning method, there are pros and cons you must look at before deciding if this method is best for your students. We’ve compiled a few pros and cons for you to take a look at right now

Let’s start with the pros:

  • Students are to engage in materials and resources determined by the teacher. This means the teacher remains in control.
  • Students are often able to leave comments/questions for the teacher on the viewing site. They are able to vocalize what they do not understand, either privately or publically. This particular option is great for shy student who do not wish to ask questions in front of their peers.
  • Contrarily, students can ‘consume’ this often visual and/or engaging ‘homework’ in groups.
  • Students have the option to move at their own pace, review the materials as many times as needed and catch up on missed lessons.

Now for the cons:

  • Not all students have access to computers or digital devices at home.
  • Teachers will need to develop ways to keep their videos lessons/lectures engaging.
  • It may be hard to monitor if students are actually using the materials given on systems that don’t feature adequate monitoring functions.
  • Video lessons and lectures must incorporate a variety of learning styles and methods to cater to all students and learning styles.

What are your thoughts on Flipped Classrooms? Does this sound like the right kind of 21st Century learning method that will work best for your K-12 students? Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us @SharpSchool.

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