My “7 things” to know topic is about flipped classrooms, which is one of the methods of teaching. In flipped classrooms students have to be prepared for class in advance by watching something recorded like video, usually assigned by the instructor, in order to give them an idea about the class. Instructor spends the actual class time to have students practice the concepts they learned from what they watched through different activities like discussion, experiment, etc. What is more interesting about flipped classroom is that; “devoting class time to application of concepts might give instructors a better opportunity to detect errors in thinking” and help students better, since putting the knowledge in practice can show how well the content is grasped (para, 12).
Although flipped classrooms are effective ways of teaching, it involves some disadvantages. The most important amongst all is that students may complain about the “loss of face-to-face lectures” to some degrees since students have to deal with main or introductory material of the class in out of class time (para, 12). Some students can be very critical, impatient, or into the lecture, and want hit the iron when its hot. So, they may feel comfortable to ask questions when the material is being explained to understand the lecture well.
Overall, i like the idea of flipped classroom, even though it can be time consuming. However, i feel like it’s more applicable to content based instructions. Anyone thinks it can be applied to all kinds of instructions? If yes, how would you utilize it for a skill based instruction?