Flipped Teaching (also known as reverse instruction or the inverted classroom), is a relatively new buzzword in education. It began in the 1990s as technology (specifically computers) began to be commonplace in the classroom and at home. As more and more students were able to get their hands on computers, teachers began questioning the role of the teacher in the classroom and the role of homework as well. What evolved is a tutor-based approach where digital lectures are given outside of the classroom and students work on problem-solving during class time, with the teacher right there as a guide and coach.
Here is an idea of how Flip Teaching works in some classrooms:
1. The teacher creates an instructional video of the lecture and posts the video on a web-based site, such as You Tube. Recently, several websites have begun collecting videos made by teachers and posting them online to share. Sites like TED-ed and the Khan Academy have a plethora of video-based lessons to choose from, most of which are under 10 minutes. TED-ed works with animators to capture an awe-inspiring lessons happening in a classroom and share this experience for everyone to see. These websites also offer background information, discussion questions for deeper thinking and even quizzes. Ultimately, the teacher could create his own video or find an appropriate one online to assign students as homework. Some teachers even pair up with a colleague in order to lighten their video creating load.
2. The students watch the lecture at home as homework.
3. Students are given a quick quiz at the beginning of class that lets the teacher know if the video was watched and the homework was completed. Most flip teachers offer quick, basic quizzes that are worth only a few points and take only a few minutes to complete each day. The points are then included in the students’ overall grade.
4. Students spend class time working on projects or problem-solving based on the information from the videos. Teachers are seen as a guide and coach to help students with problem-solving strategies and differentiate learning during this applied instruction time.
The Pros and Cons of Flip-Teaching
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