Flipped classrooms also redefine in-class activities. In-class lessons accompanying flipped classroom may include activity learning or more traditional homework problems, among other practices, to engage students in the content.Class activities vary but may include: using math manipulatives and emerging mathematical technologies, in-depth laboratory experiments, original document analysis, debate or speech presentation, current event discussions, peer reviewing, project-based learning, and skill development or concept practice more time can be spent in class on higher-order thinking skills such as problem-finding, collaboration, design and problem solving as students tackle difficult problems, work in groups, research, and construct knowledge with the help of their teacher and peers.
And in class, you, the teacher, help students as they do what they would normally do at home. When you are stuck in the old model, kids would go home and do one of three things.
If they didn’t understand what they were supposed to have learned in school, they gave up, called a friend or cheated. We realized we were giving the same assignments and experiments and homework.
For nearly 20 years, high school chemistry teacher Jonathan Bergmann would teach a lesson in class, help students after school and give them standard homework assignments. But seven years ago, he and Aaron Sams, another teacher at Woodland Park High School in Colorado, decided to do something different. I always thought that would be harder, but they love it. In this model, everybody gets the teacher’s attention. This makes the role of the teacher at least as important as ever.
The initial impetus was reducing the time kids spend with teachers after school. I don’t know the numbers, but they learn the material. In my first 19 years as a teacher, I was a good stand-and-deliver lecture guy. I haven’t seen a whole lot of social studies and history, but there is a movement amongst them.
A flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom.
It moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom.
Mazur published a book in 1997 outlining the strategy, entitled Peer Instruction: A User's Manual.
He found that his approach, which moved information transfer out of the classroom and information assimilation into the classroom, allowed him to coach students in their learning instead of lecture.
In a flipped classroom, students watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or carry out research at home while engaging in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of a mentor.
In the traditional model of classroom instruction, the teacher is typically the central focus of a lesson and the primary disseminator of information during the class period.