When reviewing our CTE curriculum, some of the most common questions that teachers ask us is “What is eLearning?” and "How is eLearning different from eBooks and online courses?"
As a CTE curriculum provider, teachers often ask us for ideas on how best to use eLearning curriculum in their classroom. While we know every classroom and set of students is unique, one option we suggest is a flipped classroom approach. When we share this, some teachers ask questions like “What is a flipped classroom?” and “What are the benefits of a flipped classroom?”
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Teachers are always looking for new ideas for and comparing notes about engaging students. One method of engaging students seems to create a controversy whenever I find myself discussing it with educators. That method? The flipped classroom.
Imagine with me a classroom full of engaged, excited students. They are prepared for class. They have questions and they are busting at the seams to ask them. They have ideas they are excited to share. They are anxious to hear what their peers have to say and what they have experienced. As a teacher, would this be a classroom you’d enjoy teaching in? This is a flipped classroom.
On Tuesday, I asked some questions about the necessity and effectiveness of homework. That evening, I had discussion with a friend, who is also a teacher, which had us debating the idea of homework and the flipped classroom. You see, a few months ago this same teacher and I debated the concept of the flipped classroom, where I liked the idea, but she did not. So, as we discussed homework, she said you can't have a flipped classroom without assigning homework.