What is a Flipped Classroom?
In flip teaching and instead of delivering the lesson to the students in class, the teacher asks the students to study the topic by themselves at home, using video lessons on YouTube, or PowerPoint presentations prepared in advance…, then apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work in class.
What are the benefits of Flipped Classroom?
- It allows all students to study and learn at their own speed.
- The content is accessible beyond typical classroom time: students can access the content anytime they want.
- The interaction after (in class) is more efficient as students enter the class prepared to contribute. They have probably some questions and are ready to find the answers.
- More time could thus be spent on group work and projects in class.
- Doing “homework” in class allows students to help each other which is beneficial for both advanced and less advanced students.
- It gives equal learning opportunities for all because students get the same attention when doing their “homework” in class.
- The teacher can focus on differentiation techniques and personalize the learning not only by engaging with the students who are confident and ask questions, but also by targeting those who need help.
- Instead of instructing, the teacher’s role is guiding whether in working with each student individually or in working in small groups.
Aren’t students of today prepared for this kind of teaching as they mostly access knowledge through their phones and computers? Grade 6 A & D students experienced the flipped classroom this week. Some preferred the traditional way of teaching while others voted for the flipped classroom. Here are some of their feedbacks:
- Thea 6A prefers working in groups, and with the flipped classroom, group work is much more possible.
- Lina 6D thinks flipped classroom is much better than the traditional way of teaching because students learn to work on their own; it’s better than having the teacher explain everything.
- Marwa 6A likes it as she could repeat the video several times; she also thinks the mind map was very helpful in organizing her ideas.
- Safa 6D found it a bit hard; “it took me some time to understand what I had to do, but once I knew, I liked it”
- Joy 6D “I liked it especially when we had the interaction with the teacher the 2nd We got to ask so many questions.”
- Serena 6A & Numidia 6D enjoyed it too, as they could read the document (PowerPoint) and learn at their own pace.
- Adam and Moez 6A weren’t so sure about it, as it was a bit strange to learn the lesson by themselves.
- Thalia 6D found it interesting though weird to be doing all the work alone.
- Julien 6A says it’s something new and he’s not used to it.
- Basma 6D didn’t like it; she is not used to doing the work by herself.
- Imrane 6D loved it because it’s a new experience and it will surely help him for other classes too.
- El Johara 6A & Antoine 6D gave their opinions in this short movie.