In the classroom, one new approach championed by educational researchers is the “flipped classrooms.” What is the flipped classroom and does it improve the learning experience?
Generally, flipping the classroom refers to the practice of having students learn material at home, and engage in secondary activities at school. This may mean assigning book chapters for students to read or sending out video lectures for homework, while doing problems or discussing topics in school. This style garners the descriptor “flipped” since lectures are delivered at home, a homework is done at school.
Proponents of flipped classrooms assert that they allow for broader integration of educational technology and collaborative discourse. Many teachers assign video lectures from Khan Academy, a nonprofit that creates video lectures on everything from animation to Art History. At school, students can ask questions and teachers can reinforce concepts that didn’t sink in.
Well, what are the results? According to edudemic, flipping the classroom reduces discipline cases and failed classes, while also preventing students from getting frustrated.
Are flipped classrooms for everyone? Definitely not. Some students lack access to laptops or internet, and others learn best when taught in-person. In the end, deciding whether or not to flip a classroom depends on the needs and interests of the students. Each school should evaluate their current methods of teaching closely before making any lasting changes.