Across the nation, and here in Janesville, teachers are beginning to experiment with “flipped classrooms.” This is a reversed instructional model where instruction is delivered at home through the Internet today, using short (7-10 minute) teacher-created videos and movies of what will be taught tomorrow.
Moving lectures and direct instruction outside the classroom through Internet videos and movies allows for more direct 1:1 instruction time. By “flipping” the classroom, students learn tonight what will be presented tomorrow in class. It directly supports the best of the art and science of problem-based learning.
Some benefits of using a “flipped classroom:”
1. Gives teachers more time to work with each student one on one.
2. Fosters independent learning on behalf of students.
3. Allows students to watch and re-watch lessons until they are comfortable with the material.
When asked, “What has been the biggest benefit for you as a student in a flipped classroom?” Student "S" in a recent blog posting said:
The flipped classroom has helped me enormously. Last year, it was really hard because I didn't get how to do the problems. This year, I know how to do them. I get to interact with others who help me on the problems that I get stuck on.
It gave me a chance to learn in a different way that i wouldn't assume I would enjoy, but I did. The flipped classroom has benefited me by giving me a different perspective towards teachers and the way they teach and giving me a greater respect for them and what they do.
As a person I feel that it has helped me because I learn how to work on my time better.
Being able to learn at my own pace and being able to handle integrity and responsibility for my own work and most importantly learning how to manage my time.
It has benefited me as a person because I became a little more independent because I am responsible for learning my own material. If I choose not to, then I am missing out on a whole lesson.
If you’re interested in learning more, TechSmith published a recent article showing how one instructor flipped her classroom with AP Statistics. You can read or watch a video about her work with flipping her classroom.