Flipping the Classroom. Basically, it’s a whole new approach to teaching as it puts a lot of the learning responsibility on the learner themselves. Its fascinating and new and has lots of possibilities, but I don’t see it working everywhere.
While there is no one model, the core idea is to flip the common instructional approach: With teacher-created videos and interactive lessons, instruction that used to occur in class is now accessed at home, in advance of class. Class becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning. Most importantly, all aspects of instruction can be rethought to best maximize the scarcest learning resource—time. (http://educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom/)
The process requires the teacher or teachers to create media that can be accessed outside of school to not only teach students who miss work, but to reinforce lessons taught in the classroom. If you do it right, you’ll actually create content that is required to be viewed home in order to support the classroom lesson.
This works all well and good in a district that has residents with the means to access technology from home, however there are many districts with populations who don’t have that kind of access. How are you supposed to require a kid who’s looking for his next meal or living in a group home to have computer time to finish a lesson? Even in districts that overcome that by getting iPads for all the students, there are still issues with bringing those iPads home. Its easier, and safer, not to bring those home sometimes.
The concept of the Flipped Classroom can really be utilized better at a concept than as a solid practice. One would be hard pressed to even find one technique that applies to all situations. As with all concepts or ideas, the best thing to do is to build your own system that works for your particular circumstances.