Flipped Instruction Part 2

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There are several benefits of flipped instruction:

  • Students can catch up more easily—in the case of illness and absence students do not fall as far behind when they can access pertinent content from home New knowledge is more easily assimilated when it is actively constructed, and making students more responsible in their own learning process enables this acquisition to take place. The student-teacher interaction becomes more personalized, allowing the student to receive the specific instruction they need rather than an overview, which may leave them confused.

There are some limitations to flipped instruction. It places students without access to the relevant technology at a disadvantage. While this can be ameliorated by having technology in place in the schools, it does not bridge the gap completely, as schools are not accessible twenty-four hours a day. If most of the instruction takes place by video, it still doesn’t benefit students who do not learn easily by listening to lectures, and it may place an extra workload on teachers, who are tasked to create high-quality content.

Students who do not already take responsibility in their learning process may fall even further behind, as most information transfer is self-directed. If you can find solutions to these potential problems, the benefits may outweigh the risks.

When compared in several studies, flipped classrooms outperformed traditional classrooms each time, dropping the failure rate, raising the grade average, graduation rate, and college attendance rate.

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    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

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