October 2012 Archives

A Vote Against the Flipped Classroom?

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)
http://plpnetwork.com/2012/10/08/flip-love-affair/

Shelley Wright, a science and English teacher in Saskatchewan, writes that she was once a believer in the dream of the flipped classroom and now has moved away from it with no plans to return. She reasons that it is more important to get students to own their own learning, however that happens.

I was curious that after I read her piece, I assumed that she simply taught science, since all her examples are drawn from that discipline. It surprised me to see that she taught English as well, since most English teachers are totally unaware of the "flipped classroom" phenomenon - for good reason. English classes have been "flipped" for a long time. We ask students to prepare outside of class by reading - an activity that is best completed individually - and then we use class time for collaborative activities of various kinds. The surprise to me was that Wright didn't already realize that what makes English classes work is not the type of homework assigned but the thoughtful use of the class meeting time.

There's much more to say about flipping instruction, including a look at the quality of the resources students should study outside of class (be they video lectures or textbooks) and the usefulness of the communal activities. The main thing, as I see it, is that teachers are responsible for fostering an environment for students in which they can learn most effectively. Whether that is a "flipped" classroom or not is a matter of professional judgment; there doesn't seem to anything inherently wrong with it. Wright is correct to point out the deeper goal for any decision about pedagogy, and to keep it firmly in mind.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from October 2012 listed from newest to oldest.

September 2012 is the previous archive.

November 2012 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.