Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why use the Flipped Classroom model?
There are many advantages to a flipped classroom. With the lecture given ahead of time, class time can instead be used for deeper learning — interactive discussions, activities, assignments, and labs. The time once spent lecturing in class, can be used by the teacher to give students more individual attention. Additionally, because the lectures are pre-recorded, students can watch them at their own pace and as many times as they want. Students also won't miss lecture material when they are absent because it is always freely available to them online. The goal is increased student engagement and improved learning outcomes.
2. What do you hope to achieve by flipping the classroom?
The goals of the flipped classroom concept are to enable students to learn at their own pace, and to maximize the amount of interactive learning possible in the classroom. Here’s what makes flipping work:
3. Wouldn't it be easier for the students to hear the lecture from you in person?
Flipping doesn’t separate the teacher from student — it actually brings them closer together.
4. What happens to homework?
The real “homework” for students in a flipped class will be reviewing the lecture materials ahead of time and coming to class prepared to apply what they’ve learned. The more traditional homework — assignments, labs, and other exercises — still exists, although the goal of the flipped classroom is for students to work on the bulk of those activities while in class, where they can ask questions, clarify responses, and hopefully, have more positive, less frustrating environment for proving their knowledge.
5. How common is this? Are other teachers flipping their classrooms?
The flipped classroom is the newest trend in improving the classroom experience. According to Campus Technology, already 29 percent of faculty in the United States are now using flipped instruction to some degree, and another 27 percent plan to add it to their repertoire within a year.
The flipped model has taken off quickly because it really does seem to work. The research is early, but powerful. Of teachers who have flipped their classrooms:
6. What can I do as a parent to help my child succeed in a flipped class?
The single most essential element of any flipped classroom is whether or not its students actually review the lectures ahead of time and come to class prepared. If the students don’t watch the lecture, they simply won’t be able to keep up with the rest of their class.
For parents, I ask that you make sure your students are really reviewing the lecture materials. Parents who always find themselves asking “What did you learn in school today?” may even want to watch together with their student — it’s a great way to ensure they’re paying attention, and you can really make a difference by talking with your student about the subject as you watch.
About the Flipped Classroom
What the class will look like: Students watch a short video lecture for homework while taking notes and completing a few practice examples. In class the next day, these practice problems along with the lecture material are evaluated by the students and teacher to address difficulties and misconceptions. Students then move on to complete critical thinking questions, hands on activities, labs, discussions, etc. in a collaborative format to further their understanding of the topic. The teacher has more time to work one-on-one with students.