Magazine article Technology & Learning

Five Reasons I'm Not Flipping over the Flipped Classroom

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Five Reasons I'm Not Flipping over the Flipped Classroom

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While I certainly see benefits in flipping instruction, there are also reasons to move ahead with caution:

1 We have yet to bridge the digital divide ...

Many of our students don't have access to technology at home. The flipped classroom method does not have strong provisions in place for these children.

2 Flipped homework is still homework.

There are a growing number of parents and educators who believe mandatory homework needlessly robs children of their after-school time. We believe time at home should be spent pursuing passions, connecting with friends and family, playing and engaging in physical activity. In some families, it might be time needed to take care of a sibling, work a job, or take care of their own child. Let us leave children to the activities they and their family choose or find necessary.

3 More time for bad pedagogy.

Flipping instruction might end up just providing more time to do the same type of memorization and regurgitation that just doesn't work. When I shared the idea of the Flipped Classroom with an administrator, she said to me with excitement, "This is great! …

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