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As new ideas on how to best meet the diverse needs of students come to the forefront from creative and innovative minds, it’s important for parents and teachers to provide a clear vision on what these ideas truly mean as far as home and school support. The “flipped classroom” is defined by Knewton in this cool infographic, as “inverted teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom.”
In reading over that definition, envisioning a successful “flip” would require a great deal of collaboration between home and school. For many of us, it would take an awful lot of mind-shifting of the things we’ve always done in traditional models. For schools interested in venturing down the “flipped” road must look at the implications of this model for students, staff and families. Every educational and home setting has a different level of readiness for outside the box ideas like this one.
Some questions you might have about the flipped classroom might include the following…
- What are those using this model saying about it?
- Does the model have multiple definitions? How does it look in different places?
- Are all subjects flipped or just a few?
- What are the pro/cons of using this type of approach in elementary and secondary schools?
- What do the students and parents have to say about it?
- What does the early research say about the benefits of flipped classrooms?
During Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat) this Wednesday, 4/25 at 9PM Eastern / 6PM Pacific, we’ll spend an hour discussing the flipped classroom model. We’ve invited parents, teachers and leaders who are currently harnessing the “flipped classroom,” as well as some high school students in flipped classrooms to join our discussion and help us see it through their lens as well. The diverse perspectives present during the chat will make for a lively, informative and collaborative discussion.
Please join us on Wednesday night to learn more! Past #PTchats have been archived here.