As I’ve learned more about flipped classroom in the last two weeks, I’m thinking of creating a presentation which could be used as a component of flipped classroom for my project. So I continue to search information and articles related to this topic. Thanks to my classmate Janice who posted the link to this article on the course community, I was able to read some more examples of flipped classrooms.
I like the point made in this article that flipped classroom helps to nurture independent learners. The fact that students need to spend time getting familiar with course materials before coming to the classroom offers them opporutnities to develop their independent learning skills and habits. When they do not understand the topics, as often happens in the learning process, they come to the class and discuss with peers and possibilly work through the problems together. Teachers could intervene and help students to understand difficult issues when they can not accomplish it on their own. This flipped approach helps to shift from the teacher-centered lecture style learning to learner-centered independent learning, which I think is very valuable.
This article also points out the issue of digital divide, in the sense that students from low-income familities might not have reliable internet or computer access at home. This is definitely an important aspect to consider when applying the flipped classroom approach. Teachers need to make sure that students could have access to internet and computer elsewhere (e.g. in the computer labs or school libraries) if these are not available for them at home.
What’s your view about the flipped classroom approach? Would you like to give it a try in your classroom?
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