The Flipped Classroom: Chaos or Cutting Edge? (page 2)

The Flipped Classroom: Chaos or Cutting Edge?

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Updated on Sep 16, 2013

College Prep Begins Earlier

While the Common Core Standards were designed to teach skills that prepare students for college and beyond, the flipped classroom model actually resembles the collegiate learning approach. Students in flipped classes read at home and discuss what they’ve learned in class, much like college courses. The flipped model equips students early on with the skills they’ll need to succeed later in life, both in higher education and in the working world. 

High-Stakes Testing Takes a Backseat

While mainstream education reform revolves around high-stakes standardized testing, the flipped model encourages intellectual “feeling out” of important concepts rather than academic performance. This contrast surely fuels the fire of academic-centered debates. Flipped learning opponents argue that schools need to stay on track now more than ever; many supporters, on the other hand, say flipped learning provides a more stimulating alternative to the rote learning and anxiety involved in high-stakes testing.

There’s no rule book for a flipped classroom—but there are guiding principles. Teachers, schools and districts may interpret and implement these principles differently. If the flipped model is coming to your child’s school, use this article as a jumping off point to ask questions and offer suggestions about how this new educational style can benefit your child. And if it has already come to your child’s school, be patient during the transition to this very different style of teaching—it may take time for students and teachers to adjust.

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