UPDATE: I have been doing this for several years now and I have found Blended Learning is the way to go instead of true Flipped Learning. However, I still think the idea is great. The goal is to be a facilitator not a preacher. :-) If you would like more information or ideas from my experiences, just send me an email.

What is Flipped Learning?

This is a teaching style that makes your classroom more student centered & allows time for real learning. In a typical classroom, teachers will provide information on the basics and then send students home with homework. During class, there is little time for reinforcement, inquiry, and depth. Flipped learning has the students learning the basics at home via technology. This might include viewing interactive tutorials, PowerPoints, vodcasts, screencasts and so forth. Then, when the students come to class there is more time for them to ask questions, do inquiry, and have reinforcement that students need to actually learn the material...not just memorize it for the test. (If they even do that!) Flipped learning also answers to the name of inverted learning and reverse instruction. It has been championed by two science teachers in Colorado, Mr. Bergmann & Mr. Sams.


Who is Flipping?

Just go online and you will find that there is a multitude of teachers beginning to try Flipped Learning. The science classes of Mr. Bergmann (link to blog) and Mr. Sams are an obvious success...they are so successful they are writing a book that will be out soon. Another success story comes out of Clintondale High School in Urban Detroit, a school with a large at-risk population. They started with a group of freshman and considerably reduced their failure rate in all four academic areas as well as saw a 66% reduction in their discipline for the freshman that same year. They are now flipping their entire high school! To find out more, go to www.flippedhighschool.com.

Benefits of Flipping

  • Students can take their time learning basics, they can listen/watch lessons as many times as needed
  • Students who "get it" and who would normally have to wait on peers do not have to wait
  • Class time can be used for true learning
  • Topics can be covered in more depth
  • Students can ask questions & will ask questions (unlike normal class when teacher asks for questions but students do not have any because they have had no process time)
  • Students can rewatch lessons for tests and the dreaded final
  • Students will want to come to class, they know they will not be lectured
  • Students will take ownership of their learning

Possible Pitfalls of Flipping

  • Students will want to come to class...just kidding!
  • Getting the technology into the hands of all students might be tricky
  • Let's face it, some students just won't do homework
  • People complaining because they think you are not teaching
  • Student notions of learning will have to change

To Learn More...

Where to Find Prepared Resources

Resources to Create Your Own

Things to Consider

  • Survey your students...not everyone will have technology/internet at home. Work with those in your community and administrators and others at your school to get technology in the hands of all students. There are many grant opportunities too. (EX: Best Buy - Teach@15 award)
  • Do you have the time & are you willing to use it to create & find resources
  • Keep lessons that the students will do at home short, probably 15 minutes or less.
  • Are you comfortable with "letting go?"
  • How will you hold students accountable for what goes on outside the classroom?
  • What will you use & how do you plan to post your content?
  • What will you do with all that time in class?