What is a "Flipped Classroom?"
Traditional classrooms lecture during class time and send students home with problems to complete with no guidance. Utilizing the flipped classroom allows me to get the basic information out to my student individually, at home. In class we have more time to work together on problem solving and more difficult concepts. My students engage in a lab or activity to collect data and observations about real-world phenomena. Students compare their findings and construct explanations based on their evidence. At home, students watch a short video lecture for homework while taking notes and completing practice examples that are embedded into the video. This allows for deeper explanation of key ideas, terms, and calculations that have emerged as a result of the lab or activity. Back in class, we work together to review those concepts, share and peer review our ideas, evaluate the students' understanding, and address difficulties or common misconceptions. Students then move on to complete additional critical thinking questions, hands-on activities, labs, debates, discussions etc. in collaborative groups.
This format allows more time in class for these hands-on activities which they can't do at home and more difficult concepts that would be too hard to answer on their own, than a traditional classroom set up would. The teacher is a facilitator instead of a lecturer. The flipped classroom puts a lot of responsibility on the student to remain engaged and work hard at home, much like a college course. As an educator, I want to ensure my students have the tools to make them college and career ready. This strategy allows my students to begin to become more independent at home, while also giving me more time in class to work with them one on one. My instruction is more easily differentiated giving students more freedom to choose how they learn the material. In addition, students can access lectures and materials through my website at any time to review old concepts or make up work when they are absent. All handouts in class can be found on this website.