The flipped classroom, also known as the inverted classroom, is rapidly catching on as increasing numbers of educators begin to experiment with this new way of teaching. According to the THE Journal, the number of active members on the Flipped Learning Network’s Ning site has increased from 2,500 to more than 15,000 since 2012. And the education nonprofit Project Tomorrow estimates that 1 in 5 teachers has already flipped their classrooms or are planning to do so.
Under the flipped classroom, the traditional order of classroom events are reversed. Students view lecture materials, usually in the form of video lectures, as homework prior to coming to class. In-class time is reserved for activities such as interactive discussions or collaborative work — all performed under the guidance of the teacher.
Although breakthroughs in technology have certainly made flipping the classroom a practical option, teachers are choosing to flip their classes simply because it enhances the learning experience.
In contrast, in flipped classrooms, students can review and replay any parts of the lecture that they’re having trouble with as many times as they need. If students continue to have issues, they are able come to class prepared to ask specific questions about the concepts that give them pause.
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