This week, I decided to interview my oldest brother, Robbie, about his thoughts on flipped classrooms. He is finishing up his undergrad education degree at the University of West Georgia. Of all the educators in my family, I chose him because I knew he had probably studied the concept. I also thought he might have experienced teaching in a flipped classroom while he has been student teaching. As it turns out, he likes the idea of flipped classrooms for gifted students.
In his opinion, advanced students will be happy to take the initiative to watch lectures at home, and they will find class time working on problems a lot more interesting and engaging. His concern with the flipped classroom is that students who struggle with learning will not be motivated to watch lectures at home unless their parents are 100% there to support them. A lot of students, especially younger ones, who struggle a lot in school generally won’t be motivated to learn outside the classroom and take that responsibility upon themselves.
On the other hand, if you have a classroom with advanced students who are willing to watch lectures at home, Robbie believes the class time will be extremely beneficial to these students. He believes class time can be used to work out problems individually if need be, but he is most excited about students collaborating and working in groups during class. He says many of his college classes were designed like this, and he personally benefited greatly from them. His idea is to take that concept and tailor it to an advanced k12 classroom, and he believes students would excel!
I agree with my brother’s opinions, however I would like to further explore how students who struggle could benefit from the flipped classroom. I think it’s pretty common sense that gifted students would enjoy a flipped classroom, but I’m not quite ready to say that’s the only demographic that can.