FLIPPED CLASSROOMS

The Good & The Not So Good

The GOOD

  • Creates a classroom environment where there is LESS LECTURE by the teacher and MORE ACTIVITY by the students!
  • Creates TIME for teacher interaction with the students in smaller groups and one-on-one settings.
  • Students are ACTIVELY ENGAGING in learning, instead of passively absorbing the teachers knowledge.
  • Allows students to gain a DEEPER UNDERSTANDING of content, verses surface learning.
  • Teachers are consistently able to DIFFERENTIATE for the various learners of the classroom.
  • Students can work at their OWN PACE (within reason) so they are not "falling behind" or "getting bored" with content they have not mastered, or have already mastered.
  • Allows for students to take OWNERSHIP of their learning.
  • Allows for students to learn by discovery.
  • There is no set STRUCTURE for how a flipped classroom has to work - the teacher does what works for the students of the classroom.
  • Creates a STUDENT-CENTERED classroom, not a teacher-led classroom.


The Not So Good

  • There will be students that do not complete "their part" outside of class - it can be difficult to manage the consequences for these students.
  • Accessibility - students must have access to many technologies.
  • Technology failures - the flipped classroom relies heavily on the success of technology.
  • Time & Preparation - doing a flipped classroom requires a lot of time and preparation on the teachers part outside of school.
  • Student Preparation - there may be an adjustment period for the students to get used to the flipped classroom.
  • Potential to create an even larger "digital divide" among the affluent and the lower socioeconomic groups.