What happens to kids who fall behind in the classroom? Many times they get discouraged, lose attention and get bored. And when that happens…they’re less likely to keep up, creating a detrimental cycle. So how do students who fall behind get caught up? Teachers have a new tool in their arsenal: the tablet.
Here’s how the tablet can help teachers: It allows them to flip their classroom. What is flipping a classroom? It’s when a teacher takes a lecture and offers it as homework on a tablet, giving students the opportunity to spend more (or less) time with it, depending on their own needs. Then once in the classroom they can ask more questions about it, or move on to the next piece of the educational puzzle.
So what’s involved in flipping a classroom and how does it benefit students and teachers? This graphic can help explain more.
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I love the concept of a flipped classroom. For some students it is difficult to focus on a lecture with distractions in the classroom, such as movement and talking from peers. Students can even be distracted by the desire to talk to their friends. With a flipped classroom approach, students can listen at home, possibly with head phones, in an environment with less distractions. They can pause and rewind if needed. This leaves more time in class for hands-on learning, such as projects to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts taught, and activities to practice what they learned. Students also have more time for collaboration with peers and help from the teacher. A flipped classroom approach would have really helped me in school.
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Rachel Wise is a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is also the head author and CEO at educationandbehavior.com, a site for parents, educators, and counselors to find effective, research-based strategies that work for children. Rachel has been working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs for over 20 years and has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of children and the adults who support them.