Hmmmm, A Flipped Classroom?

So flipped classrooms have been becoming more and more common in the college world, and many questions have been raised about it.  I, personally, have tons questions about it.  I experiences a flipped classroom during my math summer course at the local community college near my hometown, and wow.. was it hard.  The professor made the class much harder than needed.  The idea of a flipped classroom, the way I understood, was that students are given class time to work on questions, group work, or homework while the professor helps by answering questions and working through step by step.  In this class we did not have that. Instead, during class, we would do tons of very easy questions that were not graded nor did we need a professors help to understand.  Outside of class is where we would watch the videos on the lessons provided by the professor and do homework.  However, our videos were very short and somewhat useless, while our homework was extremely time consuming and challenging.  The online homework provided it’s own grading system and all students would struggle to receive good grades on it.  This became very frustrating very fast. Now I understand that all classes are different, and that I might have just taken the wrong professor for the given subject, but it began to make me question the flipped classroom.  Based on my experience, there are some significant red flags all over in terms of how students learn. Flipped classroom can have a positive impact as well.  Students can learn the lesson on their own, and then seek help on parts they do not comprehend during class.  For some students, they learn best that way and they succeed in the class, but there are students who can not learn that way and this presents a problem. This can also present a problem for teachers. With students struggling with the was they understand the topic, their grades will slip.  After being around teachers long enough, I know that when an entire class struggles that it puts significant stress on that teacher.  There are numerous cons that can come from this negative impact that teachers should be concerned about. With that being said, I want to question why so many teachers are going to the flipped classroom. Why is it better or more productive than a regular classroom schedule and environment?  How will someone properly issue the notes and lessons to their students in a way that will work better than being face to face communication? These are some of the main questions I have, especially since I, personally, learn better during face to face communication. This post was written with my own personal experiences and opinions, but I do believe there are successful flipped classrooms.  If you have anymore questions or wish to delve deeper into the flipped classroom atmosphere, below are links to different articles and websites.

 

https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7081.pdf “7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms”

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flipped-classroom-pro-and-con-mary-beth-hertz “Pros And Cons of a Flipped Classroom”

https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/flipping-the-classroom/ “Flipping the Classroom”

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