The Pros and Cons of the Flipped Classroom
Possible benefits of the flipped classroom:
• Students can take ownership of their learning.
• Teachers can create or select educationally entertaining videos to capture student attention, instead of having students absorb through textbooks and homework problems.
• The classroom becomes a student centered learning environment, rather than teacher directed a content driven.
• Students receive instant feedback in class as they are problem solving.
• Students are not as frustrated because they can ask questions immediately and work through confusion.
• Teachers can revisit concepts that trip-up students and reform the pace of the lesson plan based on feedback.
• Students do not have to rely on parents, tutors or potentially inaccurate internet sources to work through tough problems.
• Teachers can provide options to students with different learning styles and offer more one-on-one time.
• Students who are absent or miss class due to school activities have access to the content delivery outside of the classroom.
• Administrators, colleagues and parents have access to the content being delivered in your classroom.
• More time to allow for student involvement in Project Based Learning, Inquiry Based Learning, Gamification and Simulations.
• Development of Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaborative skill sets through increased interaction between students and teachers in the classroom.
Possible draw-backs of the flipped classroom
• Not all students have access to at-home technology.
• Not all teachers are tech savvy enough to master the flipped classroom model, and schools may need to adopt additional hiring criteria for new teachers.
• The method relies on students watching the videos and potentially fails
if they do not.
• Teachers may be at a loss as what to do with in-class time. Teachers are more reliant on student feedback and questions to drive daily interaction.
• With the emphasis on out of class lessons, some ask why we need teachers, and insist the flipped classroom too closely resembles a hands-off online learning environment.
• Educators need time to develop online content and create a student centered learning environment, through Inquiry and Project Based Learning methods.