Clintondale High School has flipped their high school. Not a class. Their school. Lectures are being delivered at home. Homework and projects are being done ...
|Scooped by Molly Carlson|
After wanting to explore how students view flipped classrooms, I found this video that explains how some students feel about the flipped classroom. These students talk about how their parents enjoy watching the lectures with them and knowing that their student can learn on their own at home because some of these parents do not understand what their own child is learning. I think this is a very beneficial factor to flipping the classrooms in higher levels of education, because it allows the students of low educational families to surpass their parent’s knowledge and give themselves a better future.
Students like the personalization and ability to ask questions. “When the teacher is giving a lecture in the classroom, you can’t just stop and ask can you repeat this part. It’s like let me just finish my lecture and I’ll come to you separately. With doing the homework in class, the teacher comes to each student and helps them individually.” In a traditional lecture, the teacher needs to focus on the needs of the entire class and not just the individual, so they do not always have time to answer questions. The students continued by saying, “A lot more people actually do their work this year. I have seen a lot of people change a lot, by actually sitting down and understanding it and saying they’ve been watching the videos, which helps them.” I really like the fact that these students are making the most of this flipped classroom and really taking advantage of the resources given to them at home and school. I think it is very interesting that these students are changing their learning ways for the better because of this flip. If I was an educator at that school, then I would want to show off how these children have improved and desire for other schools to do the same.
They were even asked would they keep it even if scores just stayed the same or even went down. The responded by saying they wanted to keep it because it is fun and everyone’s feedback on it is good. This is in contrast to the video that was from the perspective of the teachers that said that students dislike the flipped classroom because it makes them feel like they are learning on their own. This makes sense that there is a discrepancy because this is a controversial method of teaching and if all students loved it then it would make it easier to make all schools follow it. I do not know if there will ever be a conclusive decision on if flipped classrooms are or are not the best way to teach. Hearing that these students enjoyed the flip and were getting a lot out of it, really encourages me and persuades me to think that flipping the classroom could be the right way to go with the right teacher, right age level, and right class. These restrictions apply because if the teacher is not for the switch then the students are not going to like it, or get things out of it because the teacher is not putting all her effort into make the switch the best thing possible. If the age level is too young, the students will probably not be able to sit and learn from a lecture at home because they need the basics and a lot of attention to learn in the beginning. And if the class is not a class that can have lectures outside and work during the class period than the flipping would do no good.