Week 6: To Flip or not to Flip

October 6, 2013


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In class this week, we took sometime to discuss the idea of the flipped classroom. It’s a different delivery method than we, as teachers and students, are used to but not too far off from the norm. For example, we ask our students to go home and read chapter 7 in the textbook for homework. Then when they come in, we expect them to have understood everything in the chapter and be ready to discuss the ideas. This doesn’t sound too radical to anyone does it? But what if instead of requiring them to read a dense, dry textbook that, depending on their reading speed and comprehension, could take an hour to read without any means of gaging their understanding, instead we asked them to view a 10-15 minute lecture online created by the teacher? This isn’t to say that reading the textbook would be taken out of the curriculum but rather used to supplement learning after the lecture that would allow students to make connections between what they heard and what they read.


I’ve experienced the flipped classroom firsthand. When I was in high school, my teacher was having a hard time presenting all of the information needed for our AP Chemistry course and finding time to allow us to experiment in the classroom. Many of us were struggling with the concepts and trying to make connections with the real world. My teacher went on a search for a way to supplement what we were learning in the classroom with podcasts. She would tell us the topic we would be looking at during the next class and give us a podcast to watch and then we would come to class with a basic understanding of the topic. If we didn’t understand the podcast, sometimes she would play it again and stop to explain when we got confused. She did this, at least to my knowledge, without even knowing about the concept of the flipped classroom. We still had homework from the textbook and worksheets but lectures were given to us for viewing outside of the classroom. The most beneficial part of the flipped classroom for me was that I was able to view the lectures multiple times if I didn’t understand a concept.


If I were to implement the flipped classroom concept into my classroom, I would present new ideas in a short video about 10-15 minutes then ask students to come in with at least 5 questions that they had about the video. These questions could be questions could be about material/concepts that I should review or go into more depth about but I believe the questions could help me gage whether or not my students understood he concepts presented.


Some pros that I see with the flipped classroom are: more one on one time with students, less confusion about homework assignments, more trust with your students- they won’t be struggles on assignments at home alone, student that are absent don’t miss the introduction of new concept, students can listen to the lesson multiple times, and parents can listen to the lesson as well. What I mean by more one on one time with the students is that instead of standing in front of the class dictating a lesson for 45 minutes, teachers can be walking around asking students if they have questions about an assignment. I think that this could promote trust in the classroom because students wouldn’t be at home struggling for hours trying to figure out a question instead they could come into the class with questions.


Some potential problems could be students not doing their homework and lack of technology in the home. A potential solution for students not doing their homework is that they could view the video in class, of course they would miss out on time to complete their assignments but this is already a problem in the classroom so I don’t believe that this would create a huge, new problem. As for lack of technology, teachers could provide a DVD with the lectures on it for a particular unit for the students. If they do not have a DVD player, perhaps the library media center could allow for some type of check out process for students to acquire a DVD player or computer.




Knewton, Inc. (2013). Flipped Classroom. Retrieved from http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/


Miller, A. (2012). Five best practices for the flipped classroom. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flipped-classroom-best-practices-andrew-miller


Ojalvo, H.E. & Doyne, S. (2011). Five ways to flip your classroom with the New York Times. Retrieved from http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/five-ways-to-flip-your-classroom-with-the-new-york-times/?_r=0


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