Flipped Teaching: What is it?

Flipped Teaching: What is it?

The flipped teaching method has been around for more than a decade and continues to be a practical first step to shift from a traditional classroom to a blended learning model. Flipped teaching reverses, or “flips”, the traditional take on in-class lectures and homework. Students watch the teacher’s prerecorded lecture at home, and in-class time is used for students to test skills, apply knowledge, and interact through hands-on projects, discussions, and exercises.

Steps to flip your classroom

Flipped teaching using classroom video VIEWpath

At home:

  • Teacher provides lecture material to students

Turn your lecture into an online video recording and make it accessible to your students. Record and upload your lecture easily using VIEWpath. With the VIEWpath software, teachers can easily share their lessons, making it easy for their students to access the lesson at home.

  • Students prepare for in-class activities and discussions

Students are able to watch the lecture, learn at their own pace, replay parts they didn’t understand, and prepare questions for the teacher.

In class:

  • Teacher prepares adequate lesson work and discussion

Since the students already watched the lecture and are more familiar with the material, in-class time is used for projects, exercises, and discussions to further understanding. It is important to answer questions regarding the lecture.

  • Students reach new levels of mastery

Students are able to learn more effectively, learning at home and having the teacher available to answer any questions on either the lecture or the lesson work. Flipped teaching means more time with the teacher and more exposure to class material.

While flipped learning is not a new concept to education, it remains an effective way to transition from a traditional classroom to a facilitative learning environment. When implementing a flipped classroom, 71% of teachers indicated that student grades improved, and 9 out of 10 teachers noticed a positive change in student engagement. Using the flipped learning method, teacher interaction with students becomes more personalized, with more guidance and instruction than just traditional lecturing.

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