How “Flipped” Learning Benefits Students
Under the “Flipped” learning model in education, students are assigned lecture material to view as homework, then complete traditional “homework” and other collaborative assignments during class time. However, the process is much more involved than just a switch from “homework to class work” and “classwork to homework.” The Flipped Learning Network (FLN)’s mission is to foster a flexible learning environment in which educators engage students with meaningful activities during class time. Studies conducted by the FLN have reported that “71% of teachers who have flipped their class noticed improved grades, and 80% reported improved student attitudes as a result.” Here’s why:
Lectures at home lead to less frustration.
In the Flipped classroom, students listen or view their lectures at home, usually by means of a pre-recorded video, then come to class to complete group work assignments. This structure is proving to be preferred by students and takes the frustration away that is usually associated with the traditional homework setting. Because students are engaging with the lecture material at home, they can listen to the lesson at their own pace. If a student is struggling with a particular section, the lecture can be replayed and reviewed as many times as necessary for the concept to be understood.
Another benefit of “Flipped” learning is that students who miss multiple days of school, for reasons such as illness, are able to catch up to their peers quicker than while under the traditional learning system. Students who miss class are still able to keep up with lecture material while away from class, thus finding it easier to catch up on their work.
Students come to class prepared.
The traditional homework setting is where most students need help, but while the student is in their bedroom at home studying, the teacher is not available to answer questions. Flipped learning benefits students by allowing them to prepare their questions from the lecture before class, then come into “homework” time where the teacher has the full class time to answer questions. Students come to class prepared with questions, leading to discussion and deeper thinking on the concepts. Students will also feel more comfortable asking questions since they’ve had plenty of time to review the material before class.
Students with learning and special needs are finding success.
Another unexpected benefit of Flipped learning is how the system has been improving the education of special needs students. Experts have found that, in the Flipped classroom, special needs students have more one-on-one time with the teacher during instruction time. The “learn at your own pace” philosophy of Flipped learning works particularly well with special needs students. Studies have found that students with attention issues can have an easier time focusing on the lesson, as they can freely move about the room during instruction time without disrupting the class. Students learning English have also been finding great success under the Flipped learning system: teachers can utilize technology to provide translation during the lecture, and the constant communication between teacher and student improves conversational skills.
The Flipped learning model certainly has its benefits, and just like the creators of this new learning system, Educate Midland works to achieve improved education for the public school system. Our mission is to empower and align the Midland community so that all students achieve their highest educational potential. Get in touch with us at (432) 818-2620 or learn more on our website at educatemidland.org.