Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a flipped classroom?, part of Flipping the Classroom.
So, let's take a look at what happens in your classroom today. For most of us, students come in, they take their seats, and we walk through a presentation of content. Sometimes we use videos. Sometimes I have a Power Point slide. Sometimes I might do exploratory learning, or have students make observations. I might even have students gain knowledge, by interacting with each other. This is all fairly passive learning. Our students are not really engaging with the information, they're just absorbing the information. And research shows us, that whatever you present to students in class, anywhere from 20 to 80% of it is going to be absorbed.
Which means that there is a gap. Even our best and brightest students, probably aren't going to master the content the first time you give it to them. And so we have to come in and do those extension activities. And then we have to reinforce the extension activities, in the form of homework. Now research shows us, that when we reinforce the learning with extension activities, that's where true mastery of content takes place. Even if I look at effective strategies, like those written by Robert Marzano, all of the highly effective strategies include students engaging and working inside the content, not just sitting and listening and absorbing the content.
So when we're talking about the flipped classroom, we're really talking about aligning our practices to the way that students learn best. So the flipped classroom, our students are going to learn to gain the knowledge at home. We're going to use a variety of educational technologies and tools to equip them to be successful, and to go outside of our classroom and learn the things that they need to learn. When students come to class then, we're going to dedicate 100% of instructional time, to helping them actively learn and actively master the content.
We're going to free ourselves up as educators, for more one on one and small group interactions. We're going to increase the level of academic talk and vocabulary used inside of our classrooms. And ultimately, we're going to push our students to master this content.