Now is the Time to Flip Your Classroom Traditions!

Michele Steigerwald, FVC Marketing Specialist; Sep 29, 2017 01:08 PM

As twenty first century learning has changed from traditional print books with homework completed on a piece of notebook paper, to eBooks and activities submitted through tablets, laptops, etc., the traditional classroom style has also begun to change. Several institutions are experimenting with the idea of a “Flipped Classroom,” and many are finding that their students are doing better in school and as a result, they are having less discipline cases each year.

In order to determine if a flipped classroom is the right fit for your class, we must first understand what a “flipped classroom” actually means. The idea of a flipped classroom is to reverse the elements of classwork and homework. Short video lectures, created by the teacher, are prerecorded and viewed at home by the students before class. This allows for students to work on exercises, projects, or group discussions during the actual class time.

In a traditional classroom, students transcribe notes into their notebooks based off of what the teacher is saying out loud, and demonstrating on the board. Through this outlook, students may miss out on significant points of the lecture because they are too busy trying to write down what the teacher is saying. By utilizing the idea of a flipped classroom, students can control how they watch the prerecorded lecture to best suit their pace. They can play, pause, fast-forward, and rewind the material as needed. Having these videos in the students’ possession can also be beneficial for students who are absent, or when it comes time to take an exam. Students can go back to the video to review the material and use the lectures to help them study.

In a flipped classroom setting, the teacher is able to walk around the room during the allotted class time. He or she can answer questions and provide assistance as needed. Students can work on individual activities, such as solving a math problem, or they can work in groups to help one another build teamwork abilities. Group collaboration can be beneficial in allowing students to process new ideas that they may not have thought about individually, such as when analyzing a reading.

Flipping the classroom is a great alternative to the traditional education model. With updates coming into the classroom through all other outlets (technology, books, learning styles, etc.), it may be time to modernize the actual classroom too. A flipped classroom changes up your teaching style as well as gives students a new way to learn material. You can even personalize this concept to fit your own needs; a classroom doesn’t have to be flipped 100% of the time to be successful. So, how do you actually find out if a flipped classroom is the right fit for you? Leap into the 21st century and try it out!

For more 21st century classroom solutions, contact our team at fvc-k12@follett.com, or at 1-855-382-2255.

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