To flip or not to flip? That is not the essential question. In assessing the optimal classroom dynamics, I would argue that we need to take a good look at what our classrooms look like right now, what activities our students gain the most from, what we wished we had more time for, and what things about our class we wish we could eliminate.
Running Out Of Time
Worst of all, I felt that I never got to hear from my students because they were trying their best to digest the newly presented material. We just did not have the time to engage in the thoughtful discussion that is necessary in developing higher logic thinking.
In math, we often have the preconceived notion of a boring, rigid learning environment where the teacher lectures and the students do endless practice problems until the skill is mastered. The flipped classroom greatly improves this dynamic by sending the teacher-driven activity home and giving the students a voice in the classroom.
How Flipping The Classroom Worked
Flipping has brought life back to my classroom, and the limited ‘data’ I have collected shows that it’s working.
The Compassion Of Technology
To those who say that technology in education feels automated, I would argue the exact opposite. Using technology has brought the compassion back into my classroom, giving me time to hear from my students and to work with them one-on-one, getting to know them better as individuals.
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