Educational Innovation and the Flipped Classroom at NACE Schools
What is the Flipped Classroom?
Many of you will be wondering just what the “Flipped Classroom”, also known as the “inverted or backwards classroom”, is. It’s a pedagogical model which reverses the traditional classroom. In this technique, pupils learn online at home using material provided by their teacher, and then consolidate these concepts in the classroom. In other words, the teacher acts as a guide while pupils learn at home, and then, when they’re in class, they do the “homework” to reinforce their understanding of the concepts with the help of the teacher.
Technology and learning are the two fundamental components of this new model which shows a commitment to educational innovation and is much more than a simple activity. The Flipped Classroom’s integrated approach increases pupils’ commitment and dedication, therefore improving their comprehension and motivation.
Where did this method come from?
In 2007, two teachers at a school in the United States realised that their students were missing class regularly, so they decided to make video recordings of their lessons and upload them on the Internet so that the students could work from home. They also observed that by using this method they were able to pay greater attention in class time to the individual needs of each pupil, knowing that every pupil is unique and learns at his or her own pace. This is how the Flipped Classroom emerged, with the more mechanical part of the learning process taking place at home and the more practical side of it in class.
What are the benefits of this model?
Many of the schools in the NACE group have already observed the benefits of the Flipped Classroom. This approach enables pupils to receive instant feedback and to learn at their own pace, something which boosts their motivation for learning. The pupils can watch the recording as many times as they need to at home, while the teacher is able to help them with any questions they have in class.
The educational innovation of this model offers the following benefits:
- It enables the teacher to dedicate more time to pupils’ individual needs.
- It is and opportunity for the teacher to share information not only with the pupils, but with the entire community.
- It creates an active and collaborative learning environment in the classrooms.
- It involves families in the learning process.
Education in the 21st Century involves going beyond the classroom and guiding pupils to help them reach their maximum potential. This includes attention to diversity, which is a key part of the Flipped Classroom. Many of the schools in the NACE group have already tried this new teaching method and seen very positive results, given that it allows for a more personalised education. The teacher can adapt the material and the pupil is able to dedicate the amount of time he or she needs to learning the concepts at home. Every child is unique, and requires personal attention.