Did you know that flipping the classroom is not a new concept?
I always thought that the traditional lecture was the real one way of instructing a classroom. But now we see that flipping the classroom can be an effective way to develop understanding for the students in a student-centered way.
The opportunity of utilizing this theory in my classroom is endless. The material that I teach is detailed so I provide students with chunking of the information and workshops, assignments or group activities after each section.
So instead of me lecturing the material and then doing the activity, why not do a video of what I am expecting the students to learn on their own? So the instructor and students can interact within the newly gained instructional time. Since my class size is between 15-20; flipping the classroom can work out to be highly effective and rewarding to the students. The idea to have a quiz at the end of the video lecture will ensure that the students have watched the video and understand the concepts provided. I tell my students that for the next class they have to read a chapter to prepare for the lecture, but how many students have actually read the chapter before class? With the video it allows them to view it over and over if they have missed any important points expressed in the material. In a traditional lecture; can they rewind the instructor? No !! The students are afraid to ask questions or for you to repeat what was said; which makes the student now go on to further material; not knowing what was discussed previously.
Since we are dealing with adult learners who have other responsibilities outside of the classroom, will flipping the classroom always work? If the length of the class allows for certain sections of a video to be watched in the classroom with the activity completed after it; would that work? It all comes with change and experiencing new ideas to find out what works in your classroom. One method may work for one group of students while the other may not.
In closing, I feel that the flipped classroom will be beneficial to my students and I am very excited to experiment and try this out with my next new group of students.