6 benefits of the Flipped Classroom model
If you are used to traditional methods,the Flipped Classroom model sounds like a paradox—watching lectures at home and doing homework in class?Such a reversal can appear confusing and impractical尤其是当你第一次接触这个想法的时候。
But this anoversimplification: there areas many ways to flip a classroom as there are teachers. Once you have foundthe model that works for you, here are some of the advantages you may find.
1. Students are in charge
One of the reasons some teachers are sceptical of the Flipped Classroom model is thatit relies on trusting studentsto watch the assigned lectures—how can students who aretoo lazy to do homeworktake it upon themselves tolearn new lessons on their own timewhen there’sno one to watch themand they could be hanging out with friends instead?
While it is true thatthe Flipped Classroom model only works with students who are mature enough to take chargeof their own studies,placing trust in themmay actuallyencourage them to be more responsibleand learn tomanage their time and their dutiesbetter.
2. Setting your own pace
If the lecture comes in the form of a video, students canliterally pause and rewind their teacher, have the explanation repeated to them as many times as they need, andskipthe parts they have already mastered:each one can adapt the lessonto their individual strengths and weaknesses. The video lesson for the day may last ten minutes, butif a student is strugglingand needs to take twenty, or another isahead of their peersand can cut it down to five, they are both at liberty to do so.
3. Spicing up your classroom
If used creatively,the Flipped Classroom modelcan offer more variety in classroom activities, which is sure tokeep everyone engagedand prevent the risk ofboredom.
Once students have watched the lecture,there are many ways they can prove their understandingof it. Some may prefer to write about it, others will be more comfortable giving a speech, others yet may prefer to demonstrate their mastery by solving practical exercises or even creating artistic representations of what they have learnt.
The Flipped Classroomopens up possibilities for more stimulating activities, thusmaking school a more inviting place to be. If the typically ‘boring’ part occurs at home andthe classroom becomes the place where the fun part happens, students will bemore interestedin their own education and possibly evenless anxiousabout going to school.
4. Let the debate begin!
Flipping your classroomchanges the way students interact with the teacher and with one another. Instead of beingthe protagonist, giving lectures and acting as the main source of information, the teacher becomesjust a participant of a debate—an important participant, to be sure, buta guide rather than a lecturer.
Students who have watched a lecture at home will have had the opportunity toprepare thoughtful and relevant questions, which mayspark a class-wide discussionthat ultimately leads to agreater understandingof the topic andimproves the students’ speaking and persuasion skills.
5. A new way to use your time
Getting ready to flip your classroomisa significant time investment: producing or findingquality materialto assign andadapting to a whole new methodcan initiallyincrease a teacher’s workload.
Butonce the Flipped Classroom project is underway, teachers may find that the new system is actuallymore efficient. Once the video lessons are ready, not having to lecture regularlycuts down significantly on lesson planning, and sincethe results of student activities get immediate feedbackin class, Flipped Classroom teachers also spendless time grading assignments.
6. Family matters
While the Flipped Classroom encourages responsibility on the students’ part, it may also have another effect that is apparently the opposite:if learning occurs at home,families can be more involvedin their studies. Gone are the days when parents had to ask: “What did you learn at school today?”. With the Flipped Classroom,families can see what their children are learningand easilycheck on their progress.