This article begins with a description about how “The Flipped Classroom” concept was started. Two teachers, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams both began working on this concept while teaching at Woodland Park High School and noticing that students in rural school districts miss a lot of school. In a response to this dilemma, these two teachers began videotaping their lessons and using valuable class time for student-centered activities.
According to this article, “one of the greatest benefits of flipping is that overall interaction increases: Teacher to student and student to student.” Instead of standing in front of the class the whole day consumed in lecture, teachers are able to work with students one-on-one and in groups during activities, help students who have more trouble with the lessons, and allow students the chance to discover and learn on their own at their own pace. Teachers are able to witness more collaboration between students as well as give parents more feedback on their students’ work and abilities. Teachers can share what they have witnessed during class activities and let parents know if their children are on the right track.
Overall, I believe that this idea could be a great teaching strategy in school districts where students have the proper technologies at home. In a flipped classroom style, teachers tape their lesson lectures and ask students to view these lessons at home while taking notes. During the school day, they then practice these new concepts through a series of student-based activities and discussions. I believe that students would enjoy this method more because they are more active during the school day. They are able to take control of their own learning and collaborate with others instead of sitting quietly all day listening to teachers and taking notes. The only problem I see with this concept is the lack of resources in many school districts. While teaching upstate, I noticed that many of my middle school students did not have any technologies at home: computers, data phones, etc. So I do not know how students like these would be able to watch lectures for homework and may need to find a way to accommodate these students’ needs.
At the end of this article, the authors share that they are releasing a book dedicated to flipping the classroom. On Amazon, I was able to find Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams’ book: Flip Your Classroom: Talk to Every Student in Every Class Every Day. This book will be released July 15, 2012. From what I have read based on this article, I would be interested to read the new book.