Five years ago, high school chemistry teachers Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams purchased software to record lessons missed by absent students. The online videos grew in popularity among students who had missed the lecture and those that had not. When Bergman and Sams rethought their teaching structure and enabled students to watch lessons for homework while using class time for more one-on-one guidance, “the flipped classroom” was born.
Since we posted this infographic describing the main principles behind the flipped classroom, we at The Science Muse has been intrigued by the concept and we wanted to do a little research. By allowing students to watch a lecture outside of the classroom, you can free up precious in-class hours to tackle difficult problems, collaborate in groups, and offer additional instruction to pinpoint failures in communication.
With any educational reform, it’s critical to weigh the benefits and the drawbacks.
Benefits of the flipped classroom:
Is the flipped classroom model a good fit for you? As always, keep in mind your classroom needs and roadblocks as you weigh the options. Then design a teaching model tailored to fit your needs.
Tips for success:
If you are interested in trying out the flipped classroom, here are some tips for success from Connected Principals.
Resources to help:
Join The Flipped Class Network which is a community of 2300 educators interested in exchanging flipping the classroom techniques.
Have you tried the flipped classroom? We’d love to hear from The Science Muse readers. Tell us your insights below!