Considering I have left my thoughts on the flipped classroom previously (I can’t believe that I have just linked to myself) I can now justify starting another post with a similar line…….. Old things in new ways.
As I have stated previously I love the concept of the flipped classroom. When organised well I firmly believe that it can have positive influences on student learning. Please read my colleagues blog on how he has flipped his senior physics class. He has completed an astounding amount of work to develop a very well structured unit.
Here’s where my punchline comes in. Isn’t it just homework? Couldn’t it be called inquiry based learning? Isn’t the process of going home, doing the reading and getting prepared to discuss what you have read in class in fact, just homework? A classic case of education travelling in a cyclic motion? Isn’t this a new spin on old ways?
Is the key to this way of thinking relevance? Curiosity? Of course students are going to be more willing to research a topic they are interested in. Isn’t our role to provide that interest? With that interest the need to learn at their own pace will be vitally important as students are genuinely DESPERATE to find out. A respected colleague posted a blog about the act of teaching being a lot like chumming when fishing. We throw a lot of information at the students and hope that some of them bite. We have to make sure its the right chum to ensure curiosity is developed. What is VITALLY important to a classroom, if a classroom is to be flipped, is that the activities that the students are engaged in during class time are challenging AND inspire curiosity…the desire to find out more
In this course and in my current state of revisiting my educational philosophy, the conversation of content v’s concept has been cropping up. There is so much value in concept based teaching that I have had to learn new educational content to keep up…… (that hurts my head).
The flipped classroom has its grounding in knowing a lot of stuff.
Upper high school students NEED to know a lot of stuff in order to do well at school. Having lectures or brief online tutorials to learn difficult calculations, concepts, content is a very valuable tool indeed. One of the rock stars of the flipped world Brian Bennett makes this statement:
“Looking at the class time we’re opening up by time-shifting content delivery, good teachers will fill it with learning experiences, labs, discussions, problem-solving, assimilation work, and creative work that expands upon and enhances the content”
Opening up class time by shifting the content to ANOTHER time. THEN ensuring that activities within the class expand and enhance. Important step but we need to be cautious about reversal of day and night.
Old thing new way.
I do like this new way.
But it is an old thing.