What is a Flipped Classroom?

Imagine homework that consists of watching lessons via the internet, collaborating with peers in a teacher-monitored online forum and asking questions regarding their learning.  At the same time, consider the possibilities of corresponding activities, homework and projects taking place within the classroom during the school day.  This is the idea behind a “flipped classroom.”


The flipped classroom was created in 2007, when teachers Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams needed a solution to the problem of how to deliver content taught during the day to the students who were absent from school.  They began utilizing software that recorded their PowerPoint presentations and shared them with those absent students.  This idea became very popular among other teachers and eventually lead to the flipped classroom.


Advantages of the flipped classroom include:


-Teachers have the availability during the day to personally work with students to explain concepts that are challenging to them.


-Students are more likely to watch online videos at home than they are to complete assigned homework that they feel is too difficult.


-Studies on the concept of the flipped classroom show that students have greater success in the areas of math and english when compared to students in a traditional classroom setting.


-Students arrive to the classroom with prior knowledge and a familiarity with the topic that will be addressed that day.


-Teachers have the ability to deliver differentiated instruction simultaneously

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Some disadvantages of the flipped classroom that can easily be remedied:


Problem:  Students may have limited or no access to the internet at home.

Solution:  Students can remain at school after the school day and utilize the internet or students can visit the public library.


Problem:  Recorded lectures mean that students cannot ask for clarification during the lesson.

Solution:  Teachers can encourage students to write their questions down and can address them individually the following day.


Problem:  Determining how to address students who consistently need to view the lectures at home.

Solution:  Students need to be held accountable for watching the lessons just as they would for completing their homework assignments.  Teachers can utilize software that keeps track of who views the lectures in their entirety.


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Post written by Lauren Bronson from Tampa Learning Co.

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