Flipping the Classroom

Pros and Cons

What is a Flipped Classroom?

A Flipped Classroom is a new instructional model which presents lessons to students outside of class through technology, then has students complete "homework" in class.

Pros and Cons of Flipping a Classroom


- Promotes student autonomy

- Lessons/Content are easily accessible

- Allows teachers to better check for understanding


- Not all students have access to necessary technology

- Model relies on trust that students are actually doing their part to learn the material

- Students are not able to seek clarification as they are learning

- This model is not relevant to all subject matter

Why I don't use the flipped classroom model

While I believe that this method of teaching can be useful in some instructional settings, I do not believe that it is appropriate for use in the art realm.

When I first introduce material to my students, most are completely unfamiliar with the terms and processes that I am asking them to do. Without immediate clarification, students could easily misunderstand instructions.

Additionally, my classes are comprised of approximately 90-95% independent work time. I spend very little time "teaching," and instead put the focus on my students PRODUCING.

I also do not give homework, other than having students finish the work that they were unable to complete in class. The Flipped model relies heavily on the "teaching" happening outside of class and the "homework" being completed in class.

For these reasons, I do not feel that Flipping my classroom would be beneficial to my students.