The Flipped Classroom Model

I think that the flipped lesson plan is a really interesting concept and an extremely useful tool in the classroom. The flipped classroom model involves the teacher providing the students with a recorded lecture introducing or reviewing a concept or idea. The students watch this at home as homework. Then in the classroom the teacher helps the students complete projects, worksheets, discussions, and other activities that would normally be relegated as homework. This means that students can ask the teacher questions and receive help form their peers. It also gives the teacher a chance to interact and connect with their students, assessing their learning and their understanding in the moment, rather than after the fact.

The model can be applied to any subject at any level, but I think it is best applied on an individual and personal basis. The teacher should have a firm grasp on their student’s abilities and follow-through skills. If the students cannot or choose not to watch the video at home, the teacher loses valuable class time explaining the concept during class when they should be working on the activity. If the teacher underestimates the student’s ability to learn on their own or introduces too many concepts or ones that are too complicated, the teacher may end up revising, cutting, or explaining the lesson in class.

All that said, the flipped classroom can be extremely useful. It’s great because it means that students get to learn, practice, and evaluate in the classroom. They get immediate feedback on their work and their understanding of the topic. The model also allows the teacher to experiment with the types of lessons they create. By lecturing out of class, the teacher can save class time for big, expansive, complicated, or long projects in the classroom that they would otherwise not have time for. This is great because the teacher and the students can interact with each other and work together. Collaboration is almost always conducive to better, more thorough understanding.

Overall I think that there are a lot of good things to say about the flipped classroom. It must be approached with caution, good thought, and a thorough understanding of their students and their capabilities. However, a good flipped classroom lesson allows teachers to tap into new ideas and ways of learning that were unavailable to them before, and helps teachers to interact with, connect with, and evaluate their students in the moment.

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