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As I mentioned in my challenge activity post on the flipped classroom model, I am not a fan of the flipped classroom for kindergartners. However, I believe that flipping the classroom with high school students can be a very effective approach. Because this generation is so technologically focused, they will appreciate a classroom in which they are not only learning the subject you are teaching, but that “they are also developing digital literacy, communication skills, and the ability to use a variety of computer tools” (Coffman, 2013). The social lives of teenagers today are almost inseparable from technology, and by using technology to deliver information to them, the teacher is, in a way, speaking their language.
Furthermore, using the flipped classroom method gives students a higher level of responsibility, which teenagers need and will appreciate. Making the classroom activity an exciting and engaging one which the students will anticipate doing the next day they come into class will help motivate them to complete their assignment at home. In my own experience, high school students enjoy competition, games, and activities requiring creativity, but in an area the students have personal choice in. These activities require preparation on the students’ part, so giving them an activity to complete beforehand which prepares them for it will get them engaged, excited, and interested.
Flipping the classroom also makes sure the focus of the classroom is the student. They are taking ownership of their education and the teacher serves as the guide from the side, which in my personal teaching philosophy, the teacher should be.
Now, I’m not saying flipping the classroom should only be done with high school students. I do believe middle school, and older elementary, students can handle it. One question I do have is: To those who believe flipping the classroom with all ages is feasible, how do you manage it without adding too much time to the homework time limit enforced by the school you work for?
Coffman, T. (2013). Using Inquiry in the Classroom: Developing creative thinkers and information literate students (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education.