The Flipped Classroom Model

The Flipped Classroom is a new method of teaching that is turning the traditional classroom on its head. Every day, thousands of teachers deliver the exact same lesson in class to millions of students. Every night, millions of students sit over the exact same homework, trying to figure out how to solve it. The Flipped Classroom is turning this upside down. Traditionally students listen to lectures and take tests in class and read textbooks and work on problem sets at home. In flip teaching, students first study the topic by themselves, typically using video lessons on YouTube and then apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work in class. Modern schools who flipped their classroom report many benefits: 1. It allows all students to learn at their own pace as videos can be watched again. 2. Its more efficient, as students enter the classroom prepared to contribute. 3. It enriches the lesson as more time can be spent on group work and projects. 4. Doing homework in class allows students to help each other, which benefits both the advanced and less advanced learners. Flipping also brings changes for teachers. Traditionally, teachers engage most with the confident students who ask questions. Flipping allows teachers to target the students who really need help instead of just those who are confident. Also, instead of instructing from the front, teachers “guide on the side”. This allows them to work more closely with individuals or small groups. Teachers that are not great presenters, can use third-party videos to explain the concept and focus on methods of teaching that suits their style, such as project work or experiments. Once video lectures are made available online teachers don’t need to give the same lecture over and over again. Again, they gain more time to focus on the needs of their class. Many scholars also argue that the flipped classroom model promotes equal learning opportunities as all kids get the same attention when doing their homework. Currently kids with caring parents, older siblings at home or expensive private tutors have a clear advantage over those who don’t. Let us know what you think? If you are a teacher, tell us if this model would be possible in your classroom! If you are a student, let us know if you would prefer learning in a flipped classroom!

51 thoughts on “The Flipped Classroom Model

  1. It sounds nice but is completely unrealistic to go fully flipped classroom. The amount of homework students will be expected to do will exponentially increase. Equality ignoring the fact that not all have internet access let alone that is fast and reliable. The same kids that have the caring helpful parents that value education are going to be ensuring the kids are going over the required materials for learning. While the students that come from harsher homes that place little value on education or will engage with their kids learning will fall further behind as they will constantly come into class clueless and then be expected to apply those concepts.

    A balance between the 2 is much better so yes teaching key concepts in the class the online digital notes that cover all the learning that was done in class for students reference and revision (the entire point of homework). Then a focus in the class on do practical engaging mini projects and assessments that apply the learning with a real world context. These mini assignments will be digital that students can work on in and out of class. The progress and results of these mini projects will be tracked and used to target students that are struggling with concepts. In class at the end of each mini project there would be feedback to help student make links with the concepts that they struggled with.

    I am a high School ICT teacher and this balance works best, I work in a lower decile (lower income) school that is all boys.

  2. this is good because some youtubers are 10000x better teachers than most lecturers even in college. Khan Academy, structurefree, patrickJMT etc. Just make the database of lectures more complete. Also, you can rewind the video if you missed something AND you can ask online in real time without having to raise your hands as some student are scared to look stupid if they ask questions in class.

  3. I'm jn a "flipped" class and hate it it was okay when classes started cause. it was review material. however now it is not. it is all new and it's not really something you can learn by just studying. but by drawing out. after we read, we are expected to complete the homework and if we do not. we are not allowed in class. so theoretically if we get it all wrong out system puts in a zero that registers as not being complete. he has kicked several students out for that.
    After we all fail our homework cause we have no help, he goes over the material and what sucks is we HAVE to do well on homework the overall grade counts as an exam grade.

  4. I am currently a course assistant for this style of teaching in an Intro class at my University; sadly a majority of the class are freshman, so they are still extremely used to the public education system and style of teaching. We put the class into groups or what we call "tribes" and basically ask that they read before class and also do 2 worksheets each week so that when we get to class on our 2nd meeting day, they can do group work and possibly have time for discussion within the entire class. Some students are able to catch on and will do what's expected of them beforehand, but many students come to class not knowing anything in advance. I think this style of teaching will work if many more classrooms and teachers/professors begin doing this within their classes.

  5. as a student, i really hope teachers would use this teaching model.
    because i feel oftenly teachers haven't enough time to give attention to student because they need to finish their lesson first. and because we still haven't really understand their lesson we need to go to another courses after school which is really tiring. so i hope this flipped classroom model will make teachers more help us to understand more and study effectively.

  6. i would totally prefer learning like this but our educators in India are very traditional. They don't want innovation, they are obstinate about their old teaching methods being perfect. I hope I am able to change this somehow when I grow up.

  7. This way of teaching makes much more sense, wish this was used when I was back in school

  8. Very inspiring! How do you do it for a class of 50+ students? By the way I'm a teacher from a public school in the Philippines.

  9. Worst teaching method I've ever experienced. Why go to class if you're just going to teach yourself on YouTube.

  10. I don't like the flipped classroom because it makes the lesson homework… If I'm going to have lessons as homework I might as well be homeschooled.

  11. My teacher shared this video with the class and told us we'd be trying it out for a term. I am SOOO excited to learn like this as I believe it would be a more stimulating learning process that suits me better! (Although of course it's not going to work for everyone)

  12. its just a regular classroom but the homework goes before the class
    i know i teacher who misunderstood what a flipped classroom is and was just lazy to teach anything

  13. In my algebra class last year, our classroom was flipped as it was during a middle school elective block and only 35-40 minutes per day. Because we did not have much class time, our teacher had us watch a 15 minute video each night and take notes, then work on problems related to that video in class where the teacher could directly help us with those problems. For this class, flipping the classroom was a very good idea. It is also already used in many English classes as we will read the book at home then discuss the reading during class.

  14. I do this for one short topic and the complaints are horrendous.  Students, who are used to being spoon-fed, struggle to cope with independent learning.  They immediately assume that they should complain, and try to get it reversed back to normal teaching.  Even good students struggle to discipline themselves to just go over the videos.  Many come in with a thousand unverifiable electronic versions of 'the dog ate my homework' explaining why they are not up to date.  Others have noted here that home circumstances play a massive role in making this a success.  It works really well for some kids, but for others it is a very barren period, that has to be sorted out later with extra normal lessons.  Best in small amounts really!

  15. The concept is good but I think it is not new. The teachers always told us to read the reference book before coming to class. How is this different? Just replace books with video, probably not a good idea.

  16. This is nothing more than a variant of the minimal guidance/constructivist/discovery-learning method of teaching which has loads of problems. It actually contradicts the findings of another Sprout video – Teachers & The Science of Effective Education. See some important facts about the realistic inefficiency of full-blown constructivist learning:


  17. why do these people assume everyone has a computer and access to the internet, do they not know what poor means?

  18. Suggestion for teachers, take the at-home flipped part to the next level. Watching a video, or reading a book at home may not be enough engagement for the learner, videos and books are passive learning by themselves. There is the 3 C's of eLearning: eLearning Interactivity happens when the eLearning module contains challenge, choice, and consequences. People learn best by doing, such as simulation. There is a way to make the content interactive for the home part of the assignment. The answer is to design interactive eLearning content using Articulate Storyline. Storyline will allow the learner to answer questions, experience branching, test their knowledge with quizzes. Content can be chunked, embedded video simulations can have hotspot buttons in real time with pause capability built-in, audio narration to support graphics and text, add reference material, and links for more info. SCORM and 508 compliant. Use good design and publish once/use many times. Update as needed.

  19. I got this flip clasroom in one of my courses, and I find it a disadvantage since I noticed that some of my classmates are just waiting for my other classmates to submit their homeworks online by uploading it, copying it, tweaking it and uploading it again as their own. It kinda sucks when that happens. I feel hesitant to upload my homework early since I'm aware that my hardwork will just be copied quickly like that.

    Then in class it gets a bit boring sad to say… either the progress gets slow or the instructor subconsciously tells students side stories too far from the actual topic.

    For now, I give it a try… hope this works for better…

  20. It looks good but is it practicable in every situation? It does not favour those in countries where power and data are not easily accessible. How can I apply it in large class situation.

  21. My teacher has applied this methods but the most problem homework (from this method and other subject) make student more lazy and only focus on that things more than the subject they study. I think if not all teacher colaborate their teaching model or minimum know other teacher teaching their student with what method and adapted to thats every pedagpgy on learning look very hard to be effective.

  22. I'll be introducing my first flip lesson in January (2019) to highschool chemistry students. I am excited as I am always willing to try something new and in the best interest of the kids.

  23. I see the benefits, but my question is what are we supposed to do if students aren't watching the videos at home or can't because they don't have a computer or internet?

  24. I don't learn well this way. I pay good money to go to a school that allows me to show up, sit in a classroom and have an expert explain the concepts to me. That's how I learn best. I purposely do not attend an online school because I don't learn well self-studying or teaching myself information. In these instances, I get through the information, I complete the assignment, but I walk away with very little retention of the topic. I think there needs to be a balance. It can not be the entire basis of the classroom to operate this way.

  25. So a flipped class is basically about setting a video with the explanation as homework to discuss it/practise next morning? Did we really need a name for that?

  26. They use this crap at my school and I hate it so much that I am going to start a rebellion against it.

  27. I prefer the old system, because those who are ambitious and innovative get promoted, while the rest become state workforce or are sorted out in another way.

    To me this is just going to fuel the "special snowflake" believe in children. Thus creating another mostly useless generation like the millenials.

    Ambition and interest should be promoted, while giving the children a good old taste of authority. Im really not a fan of all this softening of children because it can ruin several generations.

    Some aspects of this teaching style are good but most of them are not progressive but stupid !

    This is also a reason why im not exactly a fan of most western democracies. They are not based on order, structure and innovation but on kindness, acceptance and equality this will eventually turn the west weak as we get more and more soft idiots who will constantly believe that they are special even though they cant handle a single thing!

    There us a difference between motivation and innovation. Motivation is a feeling, while innovation requires discipline and ambition.

    I can without a doubt say that most of this new system is about motivating the students and not teaching them discipline and promoting ambition, therefore stopping innovation.

  28. I prefer a class environment because I can ask questions and get help immediately rather than waiting till I see the teacher, meanwhile I’m still confused.

  29. I don’t even know how to ge in this is it a website or app?

  30. I use the Flipped Classroom Model for my classes. This is really the best change I have made in my classroom management. My students do not feel overwhelmed by the work because the other students and I are available to help. I am convinced that this is the best model and will continue to use it.

  31. I'm so tired being a student. My brain blocked i can't focus anymore.

  32. Good idea that I will attempt in new year. Just an observation – more diversity in drawings would be welcome.

  33. This is why Asian students in Asian countries are so successful. They do most of the learning at home, and practice at school.

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