The flipped classroom seems to be the teaching technique du jour. Every few days I see a new mention of it in the media. This weekend the Washington Post carried an article. From "The flip: Classwork at home, homework in class":
Today, the 48-year-old [Jonathan Bergmann] helps teachers around the world “flip” their classrooms. Last week, he was at Harvard Law School talking about the virtues of flipping. A book he and Sams wrote, “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day,” is coming out in June, and Bergmann is planning the fifth annual conference on Flipped Learning this summer.
Q. What exactly is a flipped classroom?
In the simplest form, basically, it’s this: What’s normally done in class, the direct instruction piece, the lecture, is done now at home with videos. And in class, you, the teacher, help students as they do what they would normally do at home.
Q. This makes the role of the teacher at least as important as ever. Right?
The flip makes the teacher more important. The teacher is not the disseminator of knowledge but the chief facilitator and the chief learner.
Have you observed or used the technique?