5 good reasons to choose the flipped classroom

Flipped Classroom
20/7/2018

More and more teachers and trainers are opting for the flipped classroom. This “flipped classroom” alternates classroom instruction with individual homework.

The classroom instruction is offered online and students follow them at home. They do the 'homework' together in the classroom. So it's a form of blended learning that literally turns traditional education upside down. In this blog, you can read why the flipped classroom is so popular.

Better understanding of the material

The best-known example of the flipped classroom are the video lectures. That's how the method started. Founder Salman Khan tutored his family and started recording math videos in 2004 so they could watch difficult explanations. The videos were an unexpected YouTube success and the basis for the flipped classroom was laid. The method is much broader than video lectures, but the basic principle remains the same: the student can learn at their own pace, which leads to a better understanding of the material.

No more boring, dry lessons

You probably remember them from the past: the boring lessons where you had to listen to a dry monologue for an hour, not a word of it stuck anyway. Fortunately, you don't have to do this to your students, because with the flipped classroom they learn the theory at home. The meetings will be interactive moments, where you will practice with the material. For example, your students will work on a case study in teams, or apply the words they have learned in dialogues.

Flipped classroom = more time for questions

Because you have already incorporated the material into online material, you have more time for questions during the meetings. This helps your students better understand the material. By actively working on the subject matter, it also sticks much better. You can also schedule questions and moments online. Pluvo, for example, has a handy chat function for this., which gives you direct contact with your students.

Ideal for people with disabilities

The flipped classroom is ideal for students who are less mobile. They don't have to leave home to listen to a story that they can just read at home. But it is also a solution for people with poorer vision or hearing. While traditional lessons are difficult for them to follow, they can now enlarge text and images, turn up the sound of audio and video, and read back or rewind as many times as they want.

Flipped classroom, even for larger groups

Gone are the days when teachers have to work hard to make sure everyone can hear it properly, that everyone has their turn with questions, and everyone stays awake. In an online environment, you can communicate directly with your students and have their full attention. By scheduling different chat moments, you ensure that all their questions are addressed. The meetings themselves are also suitable for larger groups, because students work in teams.

In short: the lessons will be fun again with the flipped classroom! The chance that students will give up or become frustrated is much less likely with this method. At home, they spend as long as they need to process the material, and during the meetings they work intensively together. If they might have gotten stuck on a difficult assignment at home, they give each other ideas in a group. This social context also ensures that students feel more involved with the material and thus become more motivated.

Want to learn more about the flipped classroom? Read how to use the flipped classroom here.

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