Flipped Learning…..My take
In an earlier post, I wrote about how valuable I consider the flipped learning model. After offering some information, as well as my analysis, that it is the way of the future, I thought it would be appropriate to share some reasons I think this model should be adopted.
- Flipped Learning creates meaningful homework.
If students are listening to podcasts, viewing a webcast, or reading something they have been assigned, they are building knowledge that they can apply in a classroom setting. Good homework is an extension of learning from the school day, and should not (in my opinion) be simply a recap of what happened in a class.
- Flipped Learning teaches students to ask questions.
If students are assigned to listen, watch, or read, they should also be required to generate some questions to ask the teacher in class the next day. Drawing on the example of Eric Mazur’s work at Harvard, students grow faster and think deeper when they are responsible to come up with finding out more details than what was first offered.
- Flipped Learning teaches students critical thinking skills.
One of the books I am reading right now is Focus by Mike Schmoker. In this work, he calls on educators to embed thinking skills into our curriculum. By focusing class time on discussing material that students already learned and extending their thinking with quality dialogue, teachers would be providing direct instruction on how to reach conclusions, recognize points of view, and support opinions.
- Flipped Learning forces educators to integrate technology into their curriculum.
By moving lectures from classrooms to iPods, or by assigning videos to watch rather than paper and pencil activities, teachers will have to evolve their own thinking about assignments.
There are plenty of other reasons that Flipped Learning should be adopted, among them are clear signs of deeper learning and longer periods of student engagement and time on task.