‘Flip’ classrooms
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:07 am

In Finland, very little homework is assigned and students consistently lead in international rankings. It’s time to “flip” all classrooms so students can listen to short, videotaped teacher lessons at home and then go to school and do their “homework” with the teachers. Teachers would then know who is excelling and who needs help. All students would be actively involved. Teachers would see if their taped lessons were effective or need to be improved. If wisdom and sound educational practices are to prevail, parents need to tell boards to adopt the student and family-friendly instructional strategy known as flipping. Put the homework assignments in the classrooms with the professionals, not in students’ homes where some students get help from parents with PhD’s and others from parents whose educational background may be limited. This is both a social equity issue and an educational issue.