Imagine, a child in a classroom sitting and doing his homework, with the help of his teacher and classmates and a child at home calmly engaged in self learning through material that is available online.
This scenario is the complete opposite of a traditional classroom, wherein learning happens in the school and homework happens at home. Do classrooms like these exist? Yes, they do. They are called Flipped Classrooms. And these classrooms have the potential to change the way learning happens. (Click here to read more about the school that was revived because of the flipped classrooms approach.)
Here are 5 reasons why flipped classrooms are better than traditional classrooms:
1. Productive Classroom Time
A flipped classroom allows students to prepare ahead of a class and gives them an opportunity to utilize their classroom time for learning rather than just listening to lectures. It allows students to process and apply what they have learnt. Flipped classrooms promote active student participation and allow teachers to guide students rather than just lecture them.
2. Creative Learning Content
In flipped classrooms, teachers have the freedom to use their innovative ideas to prepare presentations or videos for students, rather than just following the prescribed academic approach.
Creative learning content encourages active learning in students at higher rates than traditional learning content does.
3. Instant Feedback
Teachers receive instant feedback on the learning content provided to their students since so much of it is carried out through an online medium.
Teachers have an opportunity to assess every student and offer personalized guidance to them. Flipped classrooms create an environment where ideas are shared between students and teachers at a higher rate than in traditional classrooms.
4. Peer To Peer Collaboration
Students learn to collaborate with peers and also become independent when it comes to doing assignments or tasks. Flipped classrooms help students strengthen their ability to work in a team and understand its importance.
The flipped classroom is not a lecture stage; instead it gives you the impression of a workshop where students involve themselves in collaborative activities.
5. 24X7 Accessible Learning Content
In a flipped classroom the learning content is permanently archived and is accessible anytime. Having access to videos and presentations at any point of time allows students to revisit concepts at their own leisure.
What are your thoughts about flipped classrooms? Do you think you could adopt some aspects of it into your teaching style? Share your opinions with us in the comments section!