Flipping Your Classroom

Jessica Dodd and Kelly Burns

What is it, and should you do it?

Flipping the classroom is not quite as messy as it sounds! The most simplistic description is that it takes what is traditionally done at home and moves it to the classroom, and what is traditionally done in the classroom is now homework. The idea is that if direct instruction (in the form of video lessons) is moved outside the classroom, then class time can be spent more productively in applications, with more collaborative activities and individual teacher-student interactions. This flyer highlights some of the pros and cons of the flipped classroom to help our viewers begin to think about this model and whether or not it is something worth pursuing further.


•More class time for application and other higher-order thinking activities

•Students can learn at there own pace; they can pause, rewind, rewatch lessons as often as needed

•The schedule is more flexible. If students are absent, they can still get the material, or if they have upcoming events, they can arrange to watch ahead.

•There are numerous devices and places for students to watch the videos (even in the car or bus with an iPad or iPhone otw to the game)

•More collaborative activities in class and more one-on-one interaction between teacher and student

•Students have the teacher available to get answers to questions when applying the concepts, instead of struggling over traditional homework alone at home.


•Parent/Student buy-in may not be automatic; they have to be convinced of the benefits.

•Not all students, especially in poorer districts, have the necessary technology.

•There will always be those students who will not watch the videos.

•Even students who watch the videos may not really be focusing or taking good notes; this may require some up front class time for training

•There is much more prep time required for set-up, including either selecting pre-made videos or creating from scratch, as well as learning to plan differently for class time


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