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Tips for flipping your classroom

Flipped classrooms – what are they and how do they work? Earnie Kramer offers some advice.

How can I engage students to improve their performance and understanding? How can I increase student engagement? Are students really doing the homework themselves? Do students actually understand what I’m teaching?

These questions are constantly on most educators’ minds regardless of different styles of teaching. In answering them, many teachers have adopted the innovative teaching style of a “flipped classroom”. This method of teaching has grown in popularity over the last few years due to its emphasis on collaboration and student comprehension. 

A flipped classroom reverses the traditional structure of a classroom to limit one-way communication and expand teacher-to-student and student-to-student collaboration. 

It encompasses any use of technology to deliver instruction outside of the classroom, while traditional “homework” and activities are performed during class time. In a way, homework and classes “swap places”.

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