Flipped Classroom is a modern approach to teaching that allows for teachers to spend their face-to-face time with students on assignments and collaboration as opposed to top-down lectures.
How Flipped Classroom works
The one thing that most teachers lack, is time. Time to prepare, time to help, time to assess, time to grow one’s own skills. Flipped Classroom can help with it all.
Flipped Classroom essentially means taking an opposite approach to lecturing and practice: students listen to lectures at home and practice the lessons in school. Instead of spending time with lectures in the classroom, the teacher prepares short (5-12 minute) video lessons for students to watch at home as homework. This leaves almost the entire time in the classroom for practice and interaction, which is of great benefit to students and teachers alike.
Imagine this scenario:
You are preparing a series of Scratch lessons to train your students in basic programming. Normally, you would prepare short lectures to conduct at the start of each lesson. This would take up about 20 minutes of each lesson, leaving less time for the students to get their hands dirty in the software. Additionally, you would ask your students to read some literature at home about Scratch – and only hope they understand.
In Flipped Classroom, there are no traditional lectures. Instead, the lectures you have prepared about Scratch are recorded on video, and the students are asked to watch them at home prior to the next lesson. That leaves the entire duration of the lesson to work with an actual assignment, and for you to focus your energy on helping your students at their own level.
You can also make use of existing video material. Maybe you want your students to share their Scratch creations on Creatubbles as part of the lesson series and to safely interact with other Scratch makers around the world. In that case, you could ask them to watch our “getting started” video in advance of the class, enabling them to dive in right away.
Learning perspectives of Flipped Classroom
Flipped Classroom is tried and tested in many schools, and the results all point in one direction: upwards! Teachers see an increase in student and peer-to-peer interaction, as well as interaction with the subject matter. Students learn more, because classes can now be differentiated, and because they can watch the videos at their own pace. A student who struggles with a particular subject matter can pause and re-watch a video as many times as they like. And students that know the subject well can fast-forward over the easy parts. As a side bonus, parents are better equipped to help their kids at home, because the lesson videos are available for them to watch, too.
But, probably the biggest added bonus in Flipped Classroom is time. There is a time shortage in any classroom. With Flipped Classroom, there is more time for each student. This also allows for a greater differentiation as the teacher can spend more time with students that need help, and are able to detect the students that need extra challenges. That alone should be reason enough to flip your classroom.