The student responses have increased my determination to implement the flipped model and to present the research as part of my professional development this year. There is a clear need to ensure that students take ownership of their learning through the use of active rather than passive activities in class. One of the issues with this is the time available to teach content and then to allow students to explore the content further and to have more control over how and when they learn.
The flipped model would allow content (teacher talk and note-taking) to occur in the student's own time and consequently provide more opportunity in class for student directed activities and collaboration. Also the students would have access to the material whenever they needed it and could refer back to presentations at will.
Although there will always be students who choose not to engage in their learning the flipped model will ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to learn. The illustration below details the levels of engagement of students in class and how much attention is given during teacher talking. Many students miss essential learning in class because of noise, pace of the lesson and inattention. It is much more realistic to expect students to access content in their own time and to 'play' with that content in class time in collaboration with others. That is when real learning begins to happen.
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