This week we looked at the flipped classroom – the new method of teaching that, simply put, has the students watch the lectures at home and do application of problems and projects in class with the teacher.
As part of our assignment to explore the different styles of the flipped classroom through our assignment on TED ED, I explored the blog, User Generated Education and more specifically, the post, A Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture. The post takes the reader through the theories behind the flipped classroom and explains how it fits in educational theorists like John Dewey and allows for higher level thinking, as outlined in Bloom’s Taxonomy. According to the blog’s author, Dr. Jackie Gerstein, though it is coined “flipped classroom” the actual method “is really a cycle of learning model.” She adds that it is the fear of teachers teaching in the unknown and knowing how to make it work effectively keeps the flipped classroom from becoming the new norm. And to keep it from becoming another fad, she emphasizes the effective part and the need to make it fit into the larger educational picture, like the philosophies of education and learning which we follow from Dewey and Bloom.
In addition to adding an interesting perspective to the idea of the flipped classroom, this post was chuck-full of links to so many other sources that I couldn’t read my browser tabs anymore. (Okay, so I did have a few others open for other things as well, but still there was a lot of information offered.) Rather than simply describe the method, Gerstein shows us resources that can help us apply these methods to our own classroom. Overall, I thought this was a very helpful blog for better understanding not just the idea of a flipped classroom, but also the application of a flipped classroom.