A classmate of mine passed along this post "Reflecting on the flipped classroom" from Stacey Roshan at The Daily Riff http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/reflecting-on-the-flipped-class-932.php. This post will be a collection of my thoughts from reading this article.
As I read through Part 1 of the article, there were a few statements that stood out to me. Stacey made the clear statement that I think is sometimes lost on those who are against using Flipped Teaching, which is "In AP Calculus, I have a large amount of material to get through and I'm constrained by the testing calendar." I know this statement is obvious, but at the end of the day it is our reality as teachers. Our classes are full of required content and even though we may think that learning through constructivist methods, such as inquiry, authentic learning and discovery would probably serve our students the best, we simply do not have the time to explore content in that way. Because of the time issue, Flipped Teaching because extremely relevant and useful.
Another idea from the article that I latched onto was the term "supported failure." As teachers we all know that learning takes place in the failures, and thus we want to structure our classes for students to fail on certain things so it can lead to later success. Roshan argues here that Flipped Teaching is a great way to achieve "supported failure" because students will always be able to run into their road blocks and failures while in the safe environment of the classroom. Her article focuses on AP Calculus students, who as she explains, experience a lot of anxiety and pressure. This anxiety and pressure can be alleviated by allowing the failures to take place in class rather than at home in isolation.
The second half of the article is where things get interesting (http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/students-talk-about-the-flipped-class-survey-results-933.php). Actual student feedback is provided.
As I read through her students' comments there were some that made me go "ah-ha" since I had considered them previously:
- "The ability to know the amount of time you would need for calc homework"
- "Sometimes I feel as if the way the class is run causes me to take longer to understand the material than if it was being taught in class."
- I think that the format of the class helped me to get more comfortable working with classmates and asking questions. I got so used to working on math problems at home, and it was nice to have the support of classmates."
- It didn't help with taking notes/paying attention because if I missed something or was not very focused in watching a video, I could just re-watch the section with no real consequence."
If you have any thoughts on this or other have links to articles/data that have looked at student feedback on Flipped Teaching, please share them below. It is really important for us to explore the method from the student perspective.
Thanks again for reading.
Thanks again for reading.