The Flipped Classroom: Online instruction at home frees class time for learning

This article is based on the “flipped classroom” and its’ positive effects that it has had on the classroom score outcome.  The core idea is to flip the common instructional approach: With teacher-created videos and interactive lessons, instruction that used to occur in class is now accessed at home, in advance of class. Class becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning. Most importantly, all aspects of instruction can be rethought to best maximize the scarcest learning resource—time.

Bergmann and Sams, two science teachers from Colorado, began the process to assist those students who were absent the previous day.  By watching the videos or podcasts prior to school, it allowed the students to come prepared the following day.  It also opened the door for educators to stay ahead and there were no excuses for not being prepared for the following days activity.  Scores rose in both the ELA and Math areas, almost 16%.  

Evaluation:

This article provides the effectiveness of the flipped classroom.  It describes how the classroom works by placing the responsibility of being prepared on the student’s shoulders.  Teachers state that they now have more time to work individually with their students.  This gives more time for students who are struggling, who know longer give up on homework because the teacher is there when the work is done.  There fore, though some work assignments are challenging, they are still getting done, because the teacher is there for assistance..

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