Today I wanted to talk about flipping the classroom, which seems to be the educational buzzword everywhere I turn. My own school is even starting this conversation informally (for now!). The concept is simple, but the application I believe will be a little more complicated. Basically, the idea is to flip the traditional school schedule of lecture then homework practice. The flipped schedule would see students front loading information at home through video lectures, reading, and other research followed by application, analysis, and practice in the classroom with the teacher. For me, the jury is still out. There are many ways that I see the flipped classroom as a marked improvement on the traditional breakdown, but there are also many obstacles that must be overcome to make this actually work in my real classroom. I made the following infographic as a way to layout my thoughts on flipping the classroom. Please note, this is from my perspective as a seasoned teacher with technical savvy and a toddler needing most of my non-school time. We may see different pros and cons and may come up with different end solutions, but I’d love to hear your thoughts to keep this conversation going! Leave me a comment and share with your other teacher friends so we can learn from each other!
Emily Guthrie has taught junior high and high school English in Southern California for 8 years. She currently teaches grades 9-12, including AP English Language and Composition. She specializes in working with technology to enhance curriculum for English learners and enrichment students. She also blogs about fitness and motherhood at TheBusyMomsDiet.com.