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Flipped classroom

A term I heard recently.  Flipping a classroom means giving more participatory role to the students rather than the teacher.

Meaning that the teacher is more  a “guide on the side” and not a ” sage on the stage”.

Students have to do their homework before the class and the classroom is more for participatory learning. Sounds like fun ?

It seems to be.

Flipped classrooms are rather a new concept in teaching and perhaps it is because I haven’t heard of it before that it seems innovative to me.

I attended a whole day workshop on this today and am so excited at having learnt something new. New knowledge to me is like a new toy to a child.

The team from North Carolina taught us the nuances of the flipped classroom techniques and even used these techniques on us( without our knowledge).

The students are given notes, videos or readings to read and prepare before the class. In the class, they go through the steps of the Bloom’s taxonomy, where the ultimate aim of learning is to create something. The student, having done homework before the class, then recollects what he/she has learnt, understands it through focused learning, analyzes it, applies it, evaluates it and finally creates something out of the knowledge gained. It seems very creative to me and if it is applied in all classrooms, would create some very innovative learners.

On the flip side, I think it would take a lot of buy-in from the program organizers and universities, who might not be willing to give up traditional methods of teaching. The lesson plan creation might take a lot of time and effort from the teachers but considering that students might learn and participate more in the learning process, it might all be worth the effort.

9 thoughts on “Flipped classroom

  1. I haven’t heard of this before either. It sounds like something that I would have suffered through in school because I was so shy. I like to think I’d do better with it now.

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  2. I’ve seen it work well in practice a few times, but it falls down a little when the student doesn’t do the homework in advance. I’ve experienced it as a teacher, but I can’t complain because as a student, I am always that student…

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    1. I agree totally James. In addition it involves a lot of preparation and homework from the part of the teachers’ too because though it says the teacher is the guide, he/she is a participating guide.

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  3. It’s been over three decades since I’ve sat in a classroom (BTW, I didn’t go to college right after high school.) so I am totally in the dark about this stuff. But I will say I am not at all happy with the direction classroom teaching is taking in our kids’ schools. Depending on which side of the fence you are on, one can say the messages being taught in our classrooms magnifies social unrest while others say its the best thing since sliced bread.

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    1. Wonderful input Koji- really love it. Wish you would write a post on the educational system and what you wish it might have been. I am interested in reading your views because a change in any educational system would be a welcome one.

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      1. I appreciate your encouragement but I am not an educator… nor have sat for a final since 1979! And this is certainly a hot topic especially here in California. 🙂 All I know is I brainwash my kids. LOL

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