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To Flip or Not To Flip - That is the Question: A New Educational Strategy Sweeps the Nation

With the introduction of more and more advanced technology into the classroom, a new educational strategy is beginning to be employed in schools across the country. It is an instructional practice called “Flipped Classrooms.”

According to teachers, authors, technology practitioners, Jon Bergmann, Jerry Overmyer and Brett Wilie, the basics of a “Flipped Classroom” consists of...

  • Where videos take the place of direct instruction
  • This then allows students to get individual time in class to work with their teacher on key learning activities.
  • It is called the flipped class because what used to be classwork (the "lecture" is done at home via teacher-created videos and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class.

However they contend that it is much more. Bergmann, Overmyer and Wilie offer an additional explanation of a “Flipped Classroom,”...

  • A means to INCREASE interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers.
  • An environment where students take responsibility for their own learning.
  • A classroom where the teacher is not the "sage on the stage", but the "guide on the side".
  • A blending of direct instruction with constructivist learning.
  • A classroom where students who are absent due to illness or extra-curricular activities such as athletics or field-trips, don't get left behind.
  • A class where content is permanently archived for review or remediation.
  • A class where all students are engaged in their learning.
  • A place where all students can get a personalized education.

Advocates of the “Flipped Classroom” concept argue that with this instructional practice, students are asking questions and solving problems with the teacher or fellow students - instead of just sitting compliantly and listening. They say that this strategy allows the teacher to spend more time addressing specific questions and offer more personalized attention, rather than reciting just the one-size-fits-all lecture.

While this instructional practice has been employed by colleges and universities for some time, the introduction into a secondary educational environment is relatively new. So it begs the question of parents, students and teachers alike - “To Flip or not to flip...that is the question!”

For more information on “Flipped Classrooms” visit the following websites -

http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flipped-classroom-pro-and-con-mary-beth-hertz


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