Flip Teaching

I have just been introduced to a new term through the blog of E Salter.  Flip teaching is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teacher.  This form of teaching can offer a more personalized guided learning experience, instead of lecturing (Wikipedia, 2013).

In his blog entitled Changing Gears 2012: rejecting the “flip” (2012), Ira David Socol asserts that those opposed to the “Flipped Classroom” approach feel that it is worse than ‘typical homework’.  They believe that it shifts the explanatory part of school away from the educators and onto the caregivers at home.  The problem with this is that each student’s home environment is different.  Those students from disconnected homes, with un-educated parents and from non-English speaking homes might be disadvantaged. Those who advocate “flip teaching’ talk about the opportunity for “catching kids up” (Socol, 2012).

Salman Kahn in his TED talk has a more advocative perspective of “flip teaching” than that of Socol.  It is definitely worth a watch.

I am not convinced that the approach used excessively would best meet the learning needs of the students, but I do think used carefully, it could offer valuable learning opportunities for students.

It is my belief that both the teacher and the parents are responsible for the education of students. Therefore, at times, under strict guidance, it could be appropriate to “flip” teach.


Kahn, S. (2011). Salman Kahn talk at TED 2011. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM95HHI4gLk

Socol, I.D. (2012). Changing Gears 2012: rejecting the “flip”. Retrieved from http://speedchange.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/changing-gears-2012-rejecting-flip.html

Wikipedia. (2013). Flip teaching. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching


One thought on “Flip Teaching

  1. And, it is not only about the home environment, but also the infrastructure: 19 mil Americans don’t have sufficient internet connection to stream video. And of course most of these students live far away from educational facilities.

    Nobody but the student can be accountable for her/his own learning. We, educators and parents, can only help them by facilitating their learning.

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