I am choosing to to discuss the Flipped Classroom for my week 3 discussion since I have several teachers who are looking into implementing this in some fashion. A simple definition of a flipped classroom is described in the article “The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms.” A Flipped class is where students basically get all instruction via reading or video online at home and them apply it through discussion, lab or practice in the classroom. In this same article they list potential benefits of this emerging pedagogy as:
- Keeps students more engaged
- Provides students with more personalized attention
- Students can work at their own pace
This article goes on to discuss specific results from Clintondale High School in Detroit. When they implemented the Flipped Classroom they got the following results:
- Increased retention of material
- 50% ewer students were failing math and English classes
- Fewer students were dropping out
- 50% fewer discipline issues per semester
The two main parts of a flipped classroom are the flipped structure you choose and the online tools you use. The structures and tool are explained below with the information taken from the article, “The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms.”
- Backward Classroom – Student watch lectures via online video at home ad homework to be prepared for the next days application, labs or practice
- Fake Flipped Classroom – Same as above, but students can watch material in the classroom if they don’t have access to materials at home.
- Evolved Classroom – This is were students get so goo with this concept, they take over the learning and don’t need to video instruction any more and the instructor becomes more of a facilitator.
The basic tool needed for a flipped classroom is the video. This is the instruction, but Jackie Gersteinin her article, The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture, says not to get to excited about the video. While there are lots of professional videos out there, but this model was not designed by them and there is a lot more to a Flipped Classroom than the video. Jackie Gersteini then goes on to explain that the biggest draw back to the flipped model is that teachers don’t know what to do with all this extra time. (This explanation could be a multi-page paper by itself so I won’t go into detail here, but I have included a video on the Flipped Classroom from Jackie below.)
I believe the flipped classroom may be the most useful pedagogy for my school. With declining enrollment, competition for online and alternative schools and parent and students need for control the Flipped Classroom could be a good compromise. Students get some control, but students are still in a classroom. The flipped classroom could be what traditional schools need to be competitive with online, open learning, etc.
At my school we are losing staff so one of my teacher is being creative and is designing a hybrid flipped classroom in the hopes of keeping class sizes smaller. Most of the instruction will happen outside of class in an online format and students will come in to school to complete labs and tests. Students will be in the classroom 2 days a week, but can chose from 3 different times. There are still a lot of details to hammer out, but this will be an exciting and interesting experiment. It will definitely be giving many student more flexibility than they are used to. It will be interesting to see who will benefit from this the most.
Here is a good video on the Flipped classroom that was referenced in Jackie Gersteinin’s article.