As I do research for this blog, I see the concept of the flipped classroom everywhere. Since many homeschoolers are out of touch with the public education scene, we have no idea what this means. So in this post I want to explore,
What is a Flipped Classroom?
At its most basic, a flipped classroom is one where the instruction happens outside the classroom and students do their “homework” in the classroom. Since most homeschools utilize the world at large as their classroom, how is this supposed to work? Obviously, you will not be using an actual classroom. However, we can still take this concept and apply it to our homeschool. Chromebook is the perfect tool for making this happen.
What Would This Look Like?
Here is an example of how this might look in the homeschool setting. Using their Chromebook, you have your student do their assigned instructive activities from their online homeschooling programs, say Time4Learning.com. Once that is done, you sit down with your student and discuss what they learned. You might even have them complete a worksheet which is often included with the lesson activities. You have just employed the model of the flipped classroom.
What Ages Can This Benefit?
This pattern of teaching can be used with both younger students as well as teens. I would suggest that you sit with the younger student as they complete the instruction activities. Also, their instruction, discussion, and homework times will be shorter to accommodate their shorter attention span.
As their attention span lengthens and your students are able to be more independent, you would spend less time instructing them, allowing the Chromebook to do that job, and more time discussing with them what they learned.
What are the Advantages to This Teaching Model?
This teaching model allows you to be sure that your students have understood the concepts before you move on. They will be less frustrated with the homework they are assigned because you have made certain that they understand the instruction they received.
As your student completes the instruction, they can write down any questions they have. You can then answer those questions during your discussion time with them.
Many of us are already using this model in some form. Now you know what to call it!