Planning & Implementing a Flipped Classroom

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Are you sick of giving lectures when no one pays attention? It might be time to try a flipped classroom. Learn how to plan and implement a flipped classroom, and then assess your knowledge with a quiz.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Have you ever stood in front of a group of students and realized that you had lost them? No matter how creative you are, sooner or later you have to impart some factual knowledge to your students. It's been said that only a small percentage of what is said in a lecture will be absorbed. You might have several degrees, and be an expert in your subject. Isn't your time with students worth more than speaking to blank faces? Wouldn't students benefit from more face to face help?

Lectures are not always effective
Lectures are not always effective

One possible answer to this universal issue is the flipped classroom. A flipped classroom is a classroom where topics are introduced as part of students' homework through videos or other media, and classroom time is spent in guided practice. It's flipped because what was traditionally homework, is now done in class, and what was traditionally done in class, is now homework.

There are many benefits to the flipped classroom. Students can practice the skills they are expected to learn in the presence of a teacher who can help them. Students are more likely to complete homework because failure to complete it will cause them to be completely lost during class. And students can re-watch the videos or other content whenever they like, including while studying for tests. Unlike lectures in class, it's always available to them. Parents also like it, because they can see your teaching style for themselves and feel more involved. A lot of teachers have had excellent results with the system - it can make a huge difference in how much students learn during the year - but there are some issues. The biggest one is that it takes a lot of work to prepare and set up.

The flipped classroom
The Flipped Classroom

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