In the traditional education model, kids go to school, listen to a lecture, and then head home with a pile of homework to reinforce what they learned in school. If they have questions or difficulty understanding the material, they may not realize it until they are alone at their desks at home. And by the time the next day's class begins, they may not remember - or care- about the questions they had the night before.

Is that really the best way to help kids learn? That's the question that many teachers and school administrators are asking. And some see the "flipped classroom" as a new method of teaching that may just turn those old methods on their head.

In the flipped classroom, kids watch a short lecture at home - either on a DVD or streaming online. Then when the get to the classroom the next day, they work on the practical application of what they learned, with the help of other students and immediate feedback from teachers.  

It's certainly an interesting model and one that many are praising as the best way to turn around failing schools.  This infographic paints a pretty picture of the flipped classroom model. Do you think this style of teaching would work at your child's school?

Flipped Classroom

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What is a 'flipped classroom?'
Some educators are turning to a new style of teaching that flips the classroom/homework model on its head.