Classrooms all over the world are being flipped – and with good reason. More and more studies are revealing that a flipped classroom environment is enhancing learning retention.
What is a flipped classroom?
The flipped learning approach involves taking direct instruction and placing the onus on the individual learner rather than group instruction. For example, taking an online course to learn the content. Classroom time is then spent applying the content rather than direct instruction.
Does it Work?
In short – yes. Evidence is building that supports a flipped model for teaching. Teachers are finding it useful as well as effective. Consider the following statistics:
- In 2012, 48% of teachers flipped at least one lesson, in 2014 it is up to 78%
- 96% of teachers who have flipped a lesson would recommend that method to others
- 46% of teachers researched have been teaching for more than 16 years, but are moving towards flipped classrooms
- 9 out of 10 teachers noticed a positive change in student engagement since flipping their classroom (up 80% from 2012)
- 71% of teachers indicated that grades of their students have improved since implementing a flipped classroom strategy
- Of the teachers who do not flip their classroom lessons, 89% said that they would be interested in learning more about the pedagogy
One important distinction to make about flipped classrooms is that not every subject needs to take on this approach. It is better to start with just one or two lessons. The traditional approach still has merit and should certainly be utilized. Consider the flipped approach as a creative way to supplement learning and foster student engagement with the content.