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An Introduction to Technology Integration

Integrating technology with classroom practice can be a great way to strengthen engagement by linking students to a global audience, turning them into creato...

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Flip Pros and Cons from Instructors View

What are the benefits and detriments of the Flipped Classroom Model from the point of view of the instructor?

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Molly Carlson's curator insight, December 3, 2013 1:58 PM

This is a youtube video about the pros and cons about the flipped classroom from the point of view from the teacher. Some of the positives are that teachers gain valuable classroom time.  “Now time to interact with students as they are doing, not just listening, doing the material.” The students should be coming to class prepared from learning online and they should be ready for the day. Another positive that goes along with that is “you also gain better questions from the students; this allows the students to dive deeper into the material.” Normally when students are learning in the traditional model, they are still trying to understand at a basic level, but once they come in knowing the material and are able to interact and learn in the classroom, they can ask questions and deepen their understanding. The last positive mentioned was that it allows more group work and it also “allows for more consistency in the material because they are all seeing the same material before the class.” Now that the teacher does not have to lecture in class, the students can do group projects and learn together during class. I really like the idea that there is consistency in the classroom. Many teachers teach a variety of subjects and when something is missed in one of the classes, it can be very frustrating to the student. This way all the material is learned by everyone and even if a student is out one day they can still know exactly what they are supposed to know.

 

There are also downsides. The first one is that the work is front loaded. You are already doing lesson planning, but now you also have to find the resources to post online. This takes a lot of time from the teacher and there is no break during class time to make up for this work done beforehand because all the activities need to be planned out too. As a future teacher is makes me a little nervous because there are already so many things that need to be planned out and taken care of outside of the school hours, so to devote more time into making this the best flipped classroom ever will be very difficult. Another downside is that, “The students do not love it” and “the students complain that the students are teaching themselves.” I know that I personally hated the feeling of teaching myself, so this makes me very skeptical of putting my future students in this situation. I would love to see how exactly the students feel and if there is a possibility of changing something in order to make the students actually like this model of education.

 

A flipped classroom and basically anything that has to do with a class is a weighing of the pros and cons, and right now I do not know exactly how I feel about this model and if I actually want to use it because I want the best for my students and if my students do not learn in it or enjoy being a part of it then in my mind it is not worth it.