The Flipped Classroom: Myth vs. Reality

Jon Bergmann, Jerry Overmyer and Brett Wilie have a three part blog post on the Flipped Classroom over at the Daily Riff. In the first post they describe what the flipped classroom is and what it is not.

What it is not:

  • A synonym for online videos. When most people hear about the flipped class all they think about are the videos.  It is the the interaction and the meaningful learning activities that occur during the face-to-face time that is most important.
  • About replacing teachers with videos.
  • An online course.
  • Students working without structure.
  • Students spending the entire class staring at a computer screen.
  • Students working in isolation.

What it 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”.
  • 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.

The series is available below:

Part 1: The Flipped Classroom: What It Is and What It Is Not

Part 2: Are You Ready to Flip?

Part 3: The Flipped Class Revealed: What Does a Good One Look Like

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