Blog #2

The Flip: End of a Love Affair

Summary: Flipped classrooms are a student focused classroom where students watch lectures at home and do homework in the classroom. This helps students to collaborate with ideas. The teachers role is to teach the students how to learn. Learning for the student became meaningful. The author introduced a flipped classroom and gradually this type of classroom disappeared over time. Now students learn in the classroom and collaborate with limited lecture. The author stated that they don’t like giving homework, a lecture by video is still a lecture, and she wants the students to own their learning. Students collaborate and discuss different ideas with students that are on the same learning level.

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I believe that a flipped classroom is not ideal for most schools and students. The author of this article stated she did not like giving the students homework, but the students were watching videos outside of the classroom for homework. A flipped classroom helped her create a different classroom environment but I do believe that a flipped classroom is not idea for most students.

Q2: What examples of issues have you observed in your own experience?

The author stated that the school does not have a 1:1 for computers. This can make the video watching complicated. I came from a small school that had limited computers and computer access. A flipped classroom at my high school would be very difficult to accomplish due lack of computers. Also the author stated that students pick their groups to collaborate with and if it doesn’t work they find a new group the next day. From experience many students are not verbal and need direction from the teacher. I am a student that learns through visual objects or ideas. Personally, I learn best from PowerPoint presentations and rewriting notes. I have also experienced that different subjects call for different classroom techniques to learn. For example an anatomy class is hard to do without a content lectures before doing any other work. Many classes are different along with different students learning styles.

Q3: What are possible ways to use the ideas in your own teaching or self-directed learning?

The author found an ideal classroom setting for her students and the subject matter. The idea of a student centered classroom is a great concept to bring into my classroom someday.

Blog #1

Flipped classrooms’ in North Texas turn traditional teaching on its head

Summary:

Two high school teachers are changing the classroom for the better. Two teachers at Forestwood Middle School are introducing flipped classrooms. This is done by students watching videos or recorded lectures outside of classroom time. Students can watch these on their smartphones or computers. The students always have access to videos to watch again, rewind, and ask questions. Instead of lecturing for the class time the students are doing their homework in class. By doing this, the students can collaborate their ideas and work together. The students are expanding their learning and understanding conflicts in depth. There has been an increase in test scores and many students enjoy this way of learning. Also, attendance for many students has increased due to student interest.

Q1: How will the issue help or hinder student learning?

The idea of a flipped classroom will hinder students learning because of the complexities that come about with technology and learning styles. Some students may be hands-on or visual students. These videos may become an issue for these students to understand the complexities of the topics. Also the question can arise, What if the student forgets to watch the video?

Q2: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I believe the flipped classroom is a bad idea because computers are not always accessible for many students. Some students do not have access to a computer or a smartphone. The article does state that there needs to be access to computers before or after school which some schools may not offer. Also with many extra curricular activities some students may not have enough outside of classroom time to watch these videos and accommodate for other homework from other classes.

Q3: How does the news, issues, and trends relate to other issues or theories you’ve learned in this class or other classes?

The idea of a flipped classroom can cause many criticisms with some parents. Many teachers are being criticized for many classroom techniques and teaching practices. I believe that this will hinder the view of a teacher. Many can state this is a way for teachers to do less during classroom time. Also, critics can state that some students can’t have time for these videos due to busy lives outside of the classroom. This can become an issue if the student doesn’t watch the video and can not participate in classroom activities.