As we move towards better educational policies, flipped classrooms are becoming increasingly popular. Instead of the usual lessons in class, students learn the material at home and engage in class activities instead. It is a much more dynamic approach to teaching. The students are active and involved in the class. A more hands-on approach creates personalized learning experiences. Students actively participate in education rather than passively listen to lectures and take notes.
95% of students surveyed preferred the flipped classroom model, and 85% experienced an increase in grades. It is also a more autonomous method of learning. Students are in charge of their education. It makes for curious, responsible, and sensible leaders of tomorrow. Here are a few other benefits of the Flipped Classroom model:
Students have access to the materials 24X7 and can learn on the go. It fits into the child’s schedule however they’d like. If they miss a class due to an emergency or any other engagements, they can catch up without missing a beat. It is easier on the parents too. Lessons are easily accessible, allowing parents to be well equipped to help their kids.
Students can learn at their own pace and not worry about wasting class time or coming off as unintelligent. If they have trouble understanding something, they can watch the material however they’d like. If they still need help, the teacher is available to help them. More importantly, students all learn autonomously and are thus able to help each other.
Where ‘Pin drop silence’ was the norm, children were continuously asked to remain quiet. With flipped classrooms, they repeatedly get a chance to express themselves, their thoughts, and ideas. With a wide range of activities in the school, students get an opportunity to sharpen all kinds of skills such as public speaking, making presentations, thinking on the spot, etc., all while learning concepts from the curriculum.
Flipped classrooms require a lot of collaboration and teamwork. Students learn to work in a group effectively. They listen to each other’s ideas and learn to work together towards a common goal. Flipped Classrooms leave a lot of space for creative exploration. Kids get to be kids all while learning and growing.
In the current system, the teacher is the nexus of the classroom. The children are dependent on the teacher, and the teacher has the pressure of being required at every turn. In countries like India, teachers are even more stressed out, as class sizes are more significant and every student needs some amount of personal attention. In a flipped classroom, students are more independent and take responsibility for their learning. The teacher guides and corrects them, and all the activities in class ensure that they interact with all the students.
The classroom becomes a dynamic learning atmosphere where the students are at the center.
There is no doubt that Flipped Classrooms are vastly beneficial for students. However, there are specific challenges to the implementation of Flipped Classrooms. If you are thinking of adopting the Flipped Classroom model, here’s what you need to consider:
It takes a lot of preparation for adapting to a Flipped Classroom model. Even after the initial planning ad preparation, teachers will spend a considerable amount of time preparing for each lesson.
Not every teacher is suited to a Flipped Classroom method. It certainly takes some getting used to, especially for teachers who’ve spent decades following the same class structure. They need adequate support to make the change as smooth as possible.
The quality of study materials needs to be upgraded manifold, as students will be studying independently. Many new formats need to be included for video lectures and online materials. Lessons can be made engaging even if the child is going through them alone with songs, educational games, and interactive images.
A Flipped Classroom might prove unfair for those who do not have access to technology outside of the classroom. Especially in a country like ours, considerations need to be made for those who need them. One of Flipped Classroom’s objectives is that no child gets left behind. Thus, the administration needs to take stock of the situation and take adequate measures.
A Flipped Classroom is built on trust. Teachers trust that students have gone through the materials at home and are ready for the activities that await them in the classroom. There is no way to penalize or check on the child’s failure to cooperate.
An evolved method like Flipped Classrooms needs a developed assessment system to test the child’s understanding of the curriculum effectively. The current memory-based system is not a fair judge of a student who is in a Flipped Classroom. The assessment system needs to evolve with the classroom to analyze the student’s progress accurately.
Thus, while a Flipped Classroom can be an excellent tool for academic success, it needs to be implemented with care. The greatest of ideas can be failures if you ruin the execution. Flipped Classrooms are no different. To ensure successful implementation, take care to have adequate preparation in place. Talk to teachers who have successfully implemented Flipped Classrooms and avoid the mistakes they made.
Most importantly, get your teacher’s adequate training to face the unknown waters that lie ahead of them. Remember, every grand voyage needs a Captain! Be sure to find the right Captain before you set sail. Bon, voyage!