The flipped classroom is a concept that has been buzzing around the educational world for the last few years. The basic concept of the flipped classroom is simple. You take what was traditionally done in the classroom (the lecture) and flip it with what was traditionally done as homework (exercises, activities, etc.).
In the flipped classroom the student is responsible for reviewing the lesson material before attending class.
Online content such as MindTap assignments, recorded lectures, videos, reading assignments, and so on. Then in the classroom, the educator leads the students in a variety of activities, experiments, and discussions that will engage the learner and reinforce what they have just studied on their own.
I like this concept because it truly helps us create a learner-centered environment in our classrooms.
Some great classes to flip can be:
Have your students read these chapters and watch any videos before class and then when you get to class, rather than lecture on definitions, you have a variety of activities, projects and experiments prepared that will review all the material. This will help engage the student and will aid in their retention of the material.
There are so many ways to engage the students with these more challenging subjects. Think outside of the box and be creative. If you have an idea, try it out. If it works, great. The only way to find out if something works are to try. Don’t be afraid. Ask other educators if they have any ideas. When two educators get together and brainstorm on a topic, they can usually come up with great ideas!