Understanding the Flipped Classroom

As a parent, the term “flipped classroom” may seem like a foreign teaching strategy and you may not know what to except with your child’s education with this unique approach to teaching and learning. This post will help you understand what your child’s classroom may look like if the teacher is implementing a flipped classroom.

This is a strategy that you will typically start seeing in upper-elementary classrooms and even in college settings. Teachers who teach in a flipped classroom do not do traditional lectures in front of the classroom or use traditional instructional methods.   Instead, the lecture portion of a class is what is done for homework. This is typically done through videos that the child can watch (and re-watch) at home to give them the basic understanding of the concepts or lesson being taught.

Then, in the classroom, the teacher spends the instructional time on labs, activities, or workshop style lessons where students can engage in what they learned about at home. This provides students more one-on-one instruction that can challenge students and keep them engaged in their learning.

As a parent, you should expect to see more video learning and practice done at home rather than worksheets, science fair projects, or book reports. Those items will typically be done in school and then the teacher can provide support in the classroom for these assignments. Teachers will also provide support for ideas and concepts in the videos where the students struggle and to ensure understanding prior to moving on to more hands-on lessons in the classroom.

Check out this infographic from elearninginfographics for more information and the benefits on a flipped classroom.

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