Should teachers “flip” their classrooms?
Aubrey Meadows vs. Emma Barhoumi
Flipped classrooms revolutionizing teaching
By Aubrey Meadows
The standard classroom agenda consists of the teacher lecturing the students about the topic they are discussing, answering questions, and then doing exercises to determine whether the students have grasped the lesson. But how much of this can a teacher actually get through?
The first few minutes of class is usually taking roll and asking the class to sit in their seats and focus. Then throughout the lecture, students ask to go to the restroom, make irrelevant comments, and teachers can end up telling kids to stop talking instead of talking about the lesson. Even teacher who are great at keeping order still face disruptions.
So how much of the lesson is actually covered? Should we expect the teacher to get through the curriculum if the students are not hauling their end of the bargain which is to be silent, present and learn the material?
AP Psychology and AP Government teacher, Ms. Kaminsky, applies “flipped classrooms” to her classes. She never lectures in class; instead, students listen to lectures at home. “In class we watch TED Talks while we work on vocab,” said junior Hana Barhoumi, who takes AP Psych. “It’s good for that course but I don’t think it would be good for different classes.”
For teachers to ensure that they cover all the material, they can try the “flipped classroom” schedule. This is where a teacher records lessons and uploads them to their website for the students to look at on their own time for homework. Then in class they do exercises and study what the video from the previous night covered.
There are more benefits than drawbacks to this way of teaching, but it varies for each subject. This teaching method would give students more independence and responsibility when it comes to school, and teachers would not have to stress about completing their lesson in time before the end of the period.
Class time would then consist of students asking questions on things they could not understand on the video. Because there is more time to ask questions, a larger percentage of the questions asked can be answered.
Since North Springs does not run on a block schedule, there is only 45 minutes for each of 7 classes to try and accomplish a lecture, Q and A and practice. This is honestly not enough time. Not all teachers should be expected to do the “flipped classroom” method, but if they are in search for a different way of teaching their students, it is a plausible solution.
Traditional teaching is the way to go
By Emma Barhoumi
Educators are starting to experiment with the idea of a flipped classroom teaching style. A flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching and delivers instruction at home on your computer that would normally be delivered in class.
The difference between traditional education in a classroom and a flipped classroom is the order in which the students receive the lecture and activity. In a traditional classroom the teachers role is to lecture in front of the class, then the work is assigned for that night to complete at home. In a flipped classroom, the students watch the lectures at home at their own pace and complete activities in class with the teacher.
This may be convenient for people with few commitments after school, but many people have extra curricular activities like clubs or sports to attend after school. This doesn’t give the students time to watch the lectures and finish homework on top of that.
While practices are after school, that is the time for students to do homework. If a lecture must be watched and comprehended after school it could be late at night before the student gets around to it. This could cause students to stay up late just to be able to complete all their homework and their lectures.
Students may get distracted easily and wander off, not paying attention to the valuable information being delivered via their computer. In a flipped classroom the online lecture is the main source of receiving information so if a student does not take it seriously or does not learn well from the online lectures, this could be a huge problem.
The way our traditional school system is set up is to educate kids for the 7 hours a day they are in school. So why change that and take up their free time at home when they have other homework to complete? Lectures should stay strictly in the class so teachers can answer questions and interact directly with the students and everyone will have a better understanding of the material and a great education.