A recent article featured on edudemic.com breaks down the process of flipping an entire school, not just a classroom or two. Before we dive into flipping a whole school, lets talk about what it means to flip a class and why schools are doing it now. Greg Green, Principal of Clintondale High Schools in Detroit, breaks down activities witnessed in a typical one hour class session.
“To begin this process, we examined forty of our teachers for one full year. We found that during a one hour class, a teacher spends 39 minutes reviewing information, answering questions and dealing with interruptions and distractions. Opening and closing activities at the beginning and end of class accounted for an additional five minutes, and students were engaged and supported in their learning for only sixteen minutes of each class. Considering our average class size is 30 students, our key finding was that students were given just 32 seconds of one-on-one support and instruction each class, per day.” – Greg Green
Flipping a classroom reverses the traditional educational model, now teachers are recording lectures on video and assigning the videos as homework. Students watch, rewind and repeat these videos at home as many times as they need then spend their actual in class time working one-on-one with teachers to apply the knowledge to problems. This model is a great concept for many reasons; it allows students to learn and listen to the lecture at their own pace and provides more face to face student/teacher time in class.
Using simple technologies to put better resources in our students hands, has been a major driver of why flipped classrooms are seeing successes. Before now the idea of recording videos for students to use was more of a hassle and a lot of work for teacher, on top of that assigning videos as homework was difficult due to lack of technology in communities with higher poverty rates simply because there was a major lack of home technology devices. Thanks to these simple technologies we can easily and quickly record and distribute videos to the masses.
According to Principal Green, their average failure rate went from 61% to just 10% within two years. When implemented correctly, I believe schools can really use this model effectively. Has anyone every been apart of a flipped classroom? What are your thoughts?!