I have some concerns/questions about this flipped classroom thing.
As a true Alfie Kohn pupil, I do not believe in homework. I hear of students going home to spend 3-4 hours daily on homework after spending 7 hours a day at school. Should students be spending more time at home learning content before they even step into the classroom?
The infographic Flipped Classroom Defined seems to say that before the flipped classroom 50% of freshmen failed English and 44% of freshman failed math in Clintondale High School near Detroit. After the flipped classroom model only 19% of freshman failed English and 13% failed math. I can’t deny those are impressive results; but results based on what? I can’t help but wonder how these students were assessed? low level thinking skills? higher level thinking skills? critical thinking? etc..
In What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in Schools Saxe says, “if you tell an answer to a child you’ve deprived them of a great learning opportunity.” Isn’t that what we are doing when we flip the classrooms, telling students the concepts instead of creating a learning opportunity for them to figure it out themselves?
The article Flipping the Classroom explains flipping as “the reversal of the traditional teaching methods- with lecturing done outside class time and tutoring (or homework) during it. Well I already said I don’t believe in homework and now I’d like to add, I don’t believe in lecturing. I agree with Carl Wieman, Physics nobel prize winner that we must “de-emphasize lecture and emphasize active problem-solving,” Where is the inquiry process in lecturing? Where is problem solving in flipped environments? How does a flipped environment promote inquiry?
If learning is social how are we promoting this with flipped classrooms? Shouldn’t students be able to question content, discuss content and learn from one another? Watching a video at home independently does not sound to me like collaborative learning.
Does the flipped classroom work for all year groups? What would this look like in a kindergarden or first grade classroom?
I’m not saying that I am totally against this notion, I’ve seen some interesting videos that make it look awesome and worth wile. But until I get to address some of my concerns/questions I don’t think I will be diving into it.