There appears to be more and more energy behind the idea of “flipping” classrooms–using student time at home to receive “lecture content” and time in class to do the “homework”, collectively solve problems, participate in hands-on activities and/or applications of the material.
This seems to make great sense. Studies have shown that with traditional homework, students who don’t fully understand the material “practice” incorrect skills, which adds additional time to unlearn and relearn. Also, receiving a “one size fits all” lecture in class is often not the best use of time that could be more individualized, collaborative and interactive.
Here are some excellent videos by some of the pioneers of this technique:
But flipping the classroom also requires us to flip some other things, such as how lessons are conceived and delivered; how technology plays a role in and out of school; and how organize classrooms to foster participatory learning rather than a lecture model.
What do you think? Do you think this type of instruction could be beneficial in your school? Have you tried it? How can we help?