10 Reasons You Should Try Flipping Your Class
If you’ve never tried flipping your class before, you need to. It’s a lot easier than you think and you and your students may just be amazed by the benefits.
In case you’re not familiar with flipping, here’s the basic idea: In a traditional classroom you lecture during class and then give homework at night. But in a flipped classroom you reverse that and have students watch video lectures for homework then work on projects or practice during class.
Why would you want to do this? Well, I’m glad you asked.
10 Reasons Teachers & Students Love Flipped Classes
- The homework (video) is a set time and is the same for everyone. When you give a homework assignment that takes your average students 15 minutes, it can take some of your struggling students over an hour, leaving them frustrated and overwhelmed. But when you assign a video as homework, you know exactly how long it will take each student to complete.
- The teacher can give the best help to students. When you flip your classroom you have tons more time to interact with your students one-on-one or in groups while they work on assignments. This means you can give them better help, correct misconceptions, and even more easily differentiate based on their needs.
- Parents don’t have to suffer through homework battles. There are parents out there who struggle every day to “help” their kids do their homework. And they will absolutely love you for giving them days when all they need to do is watch a video and take notes.
- Parents can watch with their kid and be better able to help them when needed. Not all parents will do this, but some parents will gladly watch the videos with their kids so that they can better understand how to help them prepare for tests (and assist with homework when the class isn’t flipped).
- Videos can be paused or rewound w/o embarrassment. Often when students are confused in class they’re too embarrassed to ask you to repeat yourself. So they just sit there and get more and more confused. But when they’re watching videos at home, they can pause, rewind, and rewatch as much as they need to to understand the material.
- You know who’s actually doing the work. When the students do the work in-class, you know it’s the students doing it, not the parents (or anyone else).
- Videos can be used again the next year. Once you’ve found or created teaching videos, you can use them again and again, making flipping easier and easier for you.
- You learns more about your students. When you’re working one-on-one with your students in class, you learn more about their struggles, their misconceptions, and their learning styles, enabling you to create deeper connections and better help them learn.
- Group activities fit well during the in class time. Ever wish you could do more activities but simply don’t have the time? With the lecture already completed, group activities can work incredibly well in a flipped classroom day.
- Struggling students seem to benefit most. Not only can struggling students rewatch the lectures as many times as needed, but they are also able to get your help in class. This really adds up to a win-win for the students who need you most.
And the best news? You don’t have to flip your class every single day to take advantage of this strategy. You can flip just the first day of every chapter, once a week, or as often as you’d like.
Ready to give it a try? Click here to discover tips for how to flip your classroom.
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