A teaching approach called the flipped classroom has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. But what exactly is it, and how do you successfully implement it in your school?
What is the flipped classroom?
To put it very simply, this pedagogical approach flips homework and classroom work.
In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the source of knowledge, and classroom time is generally reserved for explaining new concepts and content. This leaves no (or very little) time for in-depth discussion, collaboration, and problem-solving in the classroom. As a result, students don’t get the chance to deepen their understanding, and teachers can’t be there to help when students encounter problems with their homework tasks!
In the flipped classroom, students are encouraged to be independent learners, and watch videos or read up on topics before coming to class. In the classroom, they do exercises and projects, participate in discussions, practice text analysis, or perform experiments.
This encourages students to develop higher-order thinking skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and design. The teacher is there to answer questions and offer guidance, helping to cement students’ knowledge and encourage more in-depth learning.
And it works.
One success story of the flipped classroom is Clintondale High School in Detroit, US. After they adopted the flipped classroom technique, failure rates fell dramatically, from 52% to 19% in English, from 41% to 19% in science, and from 44% to 13% in maths. (1)
And there are also anecdotal comments that highlight the benefits. A student from Bullis School in Potomac, US, whose teacher introduced the flipped classroom, said the following: “It’s nice that instead of being lectured in class we can sit and work with other students on problems instead of struggling at home.” (2)
But where do you start?
The most popular way is to give students video content to watch at home. That way, students have instant access to content that is easy to digest, plus they can watch it again if they’re struggling. Simply assign a video or two for your class to watch, and spend time on discussions and activities during your lesson!
However, it can be tricky to find appropriate videos that both match your curriculum and are high-quality! There is a lot of great content on the internet, but wading through it all can take time and effort.
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