5 Benefits of Flipping the Classroom
As a teacher, it is imperative to get the best out of every student by using tools & techniques that enhance the learning experience and boost students’ interest. Various teaching techniques have been implemented in this accord and one of the recent ones is ‘flipping the classroom’.
The basic requirement of flipping the classroom is that the exercises and reading are done at home and activities happen in the classroom. It is basically reversing the systems where students used to learn in the classrooms and leave the exercises and reading to be done at home.
But the question that arises why a teacher should use this ‘flipping the classroom’ technique? One way to answer this question is looking at the advantages of this technique.
Here are 5 important benefits of flipping the classroom:
- Efficient and reusable: Though there is an initial up-front investment that teachers need to make to set up a flipped classroom they can ultimately save a lot of time using this model. Recorded lesson plans and collected resources can be used or transferred to other classes and there would be no need to create everything from scratch. Also, due to the materials being easily accessible and stored online or even offline in some cases, teachers don’t need to worry if students miss a class,
- Student controlled learning: Every student has his/her own speed and method of learning. If students are learning at home, it makes them more comfortable to learn, read, re-watch a video lecture or even initiate a Google search to better understand a concept. Instructors can also post multiple kinds of materials so that students are more likely to find a source that will help them, whether it’s an article, video or interactive tool.
- Cost-effective implementation: Besides earlier investments like probably video cameras or better classroom PC, laptops or tablets, the only other thing you need is time. This model is much more cost-effective for schools than purchasing hundreds of new classroom gadgets to increase engagement.
- Content representation: This model enables teachers to represent and share content in so many different ways. With the help of technology, audios, videos, interactivities can be put to good use and not just sticking to blackboard or textbook based learning.
- Engagement based learning: Another advantage of this model is that it can make it possible for engagement not only among teachers and students but also among fellow students. They can share notes, comments, doubts, queries related to the content they are using to learn and discussions and dialogues can help for better understanding.
While these benefits sound compelling enough to adopt this method, using this model would not be effective enough if monitoring and analytics are not used to support it. It would be better to try this model with lower investments initially and then based on results of earlier efforts, move up iteratively.