Flipped classroom

A term I heard recently.  Flipping a classroom means giving more participatory role to the students rather than the teacher.

Meaning that the teacher is more ¬†a “guide on the side” and not a ” sage on the stage”.

Students have to do their homework before the class and the classroom is more for participatory learning. Sounds like fun ?

It seems to be.

Flipped classrooms are rather a new concept in teaching and perhaps it is because I haven’t heard of it before that it seems innovative to me.

I attended a whole day workshop on this today and am so excited at having learnt something new. New knowledge to me is like a new toy to a child.

The team from North Carolina taught us the nuances of the flipped classroom techniques and even used these techniques on us( without our knowledge).

The students are given notes, videos or readings to read and prepare before the class. In the class, they go through the steps of the Bloom’s taxonomy, where the ultimate aim of learning is to create something. The student, having done homework before the class, then recollects what he/she has learnt, understands it through focused learning, analyzes it, applies it, evaluates it and finally creates something out of the knowledge gained. It seems very creative to me and if it is applied in all classrooms, would create some very innovative learners.

On the flip side, I think it would take a lot of buy-in from the program organizers and universities, who might not be willing to give up traditional methods of teaching. The lesson plan creation might take a lot of time and effort from the teachers but considering that students might learn and participate more in the learning process, it might all be worth the effort.