The Flipped Classroom IS:
  • A means to INCREASE interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers.
  • An environment where students take responsibility for their own learning.
  • A classroom where the teacher is not the "sage on the stage", but the "guide on the side".
  • A blending of direct instruction with constructivist learning.
  • A classroom where students who are absent due to illness or extra-curricular activities such as athletics or field-trips, don't get left behind.
  • A class where content is permanently archived for review or remediation.
  • A class where all students are engaged in their learning.
  • A place where all students can get a personalized education.
If you have some of the following goals or priorities for your class, then flipping might be a good option:
  • Interactive questioning
  • Content and idea exploration
  • Student content creation
  • Student voice and choice
  • Effective differentiation in instructional strategies
  • Collaboration with other professionals with the same goals
Multiple references indicate that in a flipped classroom
  • Students prepare for class by watching video, listening to podcasts, or reading articles that access their prior knowledge.
  • Students then reflect on their learning and organize a list of questions regarding what is confusing them.
  • Students log in to social sites and post their questions to their teacher.
  • The teacher reviews these questions and creates a lesson plan that addresses the areas of confusion but does not re-teach what the students already understand.
  • In class, the teacher poses questions or gives problems, and students work collaboratively in small groups to answer the questions or solve the problems.
  • The teacher mingles with student groups, listening to their conversations, and guides learning as appropriate until students understand.
The benefits of a flipped classroom include but are not limited to:
  • Gives teachers more time to spend 1:1 helping students
  • Builds stronger student/teacher relationships
  • Offers a way for teachers to share information with other faculty, substitute teachers, students, parents, and the community easily
  • Produces the ability for students to “rewind” lessons and master topics
  • Creates a collaborative learning environment in the classroom