In recent years, the flipped classroom model has gained popularity in education. The traditional model of classroom instruction involves the teacher presenting new material during class time, and students completing homework assignments outside of class. In contrast, the flipped classroom model involves students learning new material outside of class through online videos, reading, or other resources, then using class time for hands-on activities, group work, and discussions.
This approach can lighten the cognitive load during class, allowing students to form new and deeper connections and develop more complex ideas. Teachers are turning to this model to help address the unfinished learning they are seeing from pandemic teaching. The flipped classroom model has the potential to close academic gaps in several ways.
Students are able to learn at their own pace. They can pause, rewind, and replay videos or other resources as many times as they need to understand the material. This is particularly helpful for students who struggle to keep up with the pace in the traditional classroom. With the flipped classroom, they can take the time they need to master the material.
Instead of passive listening during class time, students are engaged in hands-on activities, group work, and discussions. This type of active learning is beneficial for those who learn best through doing, rather than just listening.
It can be challenging for teachers to provide differentiated instruction. In a flipped classroom teachers are able to address this more easily. Materials and resources can be made available based on each individual student’s learning style. Teachers can then be more effective in their teaching by using class time to work with small groups, or one-on-one, with students who need additional support.
Increased Student Engagement
This is a huge positive to a flipped classroom! Let students own their learning experience! When students are actively involved in class discussions and activities, they are more likely to be invested in their learning. Additionally, the use of online resources and technology can make learning more interactive and engaging for students.
Some students learn better at home, away from the distraction of their peers. Others might have sports, jobs or additional responsibilities. Learning in this way allows students to access the online resources at a time that is convenient for them which can help in reduced work completion and increase participation.
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