Flipping the School Day

The very word homework implies work be done… at home. But now even this most basic notion is being turned upside-down; a few teachers have begun implementing what’s being called a “flipped” school day – where students take in lectures in the evening, electronically, and then bring their untouched homework to class the next day.

Much of the focus of this new method is on the delivery; today’s students demand an integration of technology and education that hasn’t been seen before, and listening to lectures as podcasts or watching as videos helps quench that thirst – not to mention the inverse result of eliminating traditional classroom lectures, which often find students scribbling notes without really digesting information. When the learner holds the reins, he’s able to replay sections he needs to hear again or fast forward through parts he’s already got down.

But the flip side of this setup is the school day. Now that it’s not being spent delivering lessons, it’s free to use as, in essence, a one-on-one question-and-answer period. Students work through their homework – better prepared than in the past, in theory – and can turn right to the teacher any time they run into problems.

Of course, the obvious obstacle for most schools is ensuring that every student have access to the necessary technology. If you could promise this for your students, would you be willing to try flipping your school day?

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