with eyes open wide
This is my first time hearing of flipping a classroom. I’m honestly blown away by the progressiveness! A poor-performing school in a suburb of Detroit decided that they had nothing to lose and made the change school-wide.
So what does flipping the classroom mean? Students receive instruction through videos, which they watch at home. These videos could be recorded by the teacher, or they could be supplemental material from Ted.com, the Khan Academy and other sources. Then class time is spent doing homework and hands-on learning.
I was a bit skeptical about the whole concept while reading through the NY Times article (link below). But the article author Tina Rosenberg really convinced me that this is quite a brilliant idea, especially in low-income schools. Many times these kids don’t get it the first time the lecture is given and don’t want to speak up or ask questions because of embarrassment. Luckily they can watch a video as many times as it takes for the material to click. The videos range in length from 3 minutes to 30 minutes.
As I mentioned, I think this idea is great (and has been proven effective) for certain schools with under-achieving kids. Thinking back on my own high school experience, for many classes we were expected to read the chapter or certain sections to prepare for class, then the teacher would go into more detail or explanation and assign homework, which we would complete that night. We were high-achieving smart kids who mainly didn’t have a problem with this method.
Though I don’t think something should be fixed if it’s not broken, this is still a great lesson for all teachers (no matter the school type) to give variety to their students and to keep up with the changing of times. I think it’s fantastic to introduce educational websites and current-day innovative organizations to these kids who are always connected. The internet is a very valuable thing when used correctly.