The Flip – My Understanding
Instruction – is not delivered in the classroom – but rather through tutorial videos, webcasts, podcasts, etc. before meeting as a class.
Support – occurs in the classroom after independent learning has occurred. Can be provided by teachers or other students and is geared around the topic from the learning videos, etc.
Learning – happens based on instruction delivered at another time and in a different media and may occur in both the classroom and via flipped time.
Time – student uses time at home or during a different period in which to take in content. Class time with the teacher is the time to experiment with what you have learned.
In My World – The Art Studio
This video does a nice job of outlining how, and for reasons, a flipped art studio is a viable option. I like how the creator of the video connected it to the new Core Art Standards as these are what I am using at my school and the ones she chose to highlight give her points more credence. I also appreciate the sense of leveraging a flipped classroom model to engage students outside the classroom in art education.
Some Negatives That I Could Foresee
What I can’t seem to get past with the flipped classroom is the fact that kids need time to be kids. It is my belief that students need time to be involved in after school activities, social groups, play dates, whatever but kids need time to make mistakes, have fun, and be goofy. If educators take this time away for the delivery of content and skills through flipping, I think this is a big drawback.
I also think that flipping a classroom is easier for classes which meet every other day or every day. If classes are spread out further than this a flipped model may struggle to be effective.
I am struggling getting my head around whether flipping is, or isn’t homework? What do you think? I am still undecided. I have heard students who have experienced a flipped Math class remark that the teacher simply didn’t want to teach and just wanted to give homework. I knew what the situation was the teacher trying something different, but I could see how the student’s perspective could be as such without the correct coaching. To this end a flipped environment is a culture thing in a way.
Permeating the Flip
Learning happens in a lot of different places and in a lot of different ways. Baking cookies is just as much a learning experience as watching a video on fractions. What seems to come out of a flipped classroom is an impetus for independent learning and transferrable skills – and I love this. Likewise I love the fact of brining elements of classroom learning outside of the classroom. But…..it needs to be in measure. Finding the sweet spot of the flip seems to be the trick!