Over the past month I have been working with teachers trying new ideas in the classroom. It is so important to try to reach all of our students even if it means we have to step out of our comfort zone. Kerry W., a math middle school teacher I work with agreed to try a FLIPPED CLASSROOM with her students. In a flipped classroom, students watch the lecture for a lesson at home and do their ” homework” in the classroom. Kerry videotaped her lesson using SMART recorder and put it on her webpage for students to access from home. Students who did not have home access watched it at school before leaving for the day. I had the opportunity to visit Kerry’s classroom and ask the students how they liked the flipped classroom and the response was positive. Some felt that they had prior knowledge before coming to class which helped them feel comfortable with the lesson and the activity. They also could watch the lesson video more than once if they did not understand the first time.
I think the flipped classroom has great potential in the math and science classrooms. So many times I see my son struggling with his math homework. Who knows if he is practicing correctly and since “practice makes perfect” is practicing wrong a good idea? In a science classroom, this might allow for more lab time for hands-on application. In this environment, the teacher becomes a facilitator and can help students master the concepts and review areas where students are struggling.
Here are some links for more information about the flipped classroom and how some are using this technique.
As with anything we try in education, it is not for everyone but I do believe that we should try to engage our students in new ways.