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John Blaser, a Middle School teacher, in NY asked his students to answer three questions.


Why Should a Teacher "Flip" Their Classroom?
Why Would Students Want to be in a "Flipped Classroom?"
How Does "Flipping" the Classroom Help You Learn?


The following are the students' answers.


Why Should a Teacher "Flip" Their Classroom?


"A teacher should flip the classroom because it would help them see which students understand things and which students don't. If everyone is working at their own pace, then the teacher can see who is struggling."


"A teacher should flip their classroom because it is a good way to do work at home and in school."


"Students can do their work where ever they are and they don't just need to be in school."


"A teacher should "flip" their classroom to see if learning is improved. Also, students learn to work independently.

It allows students to work at their own pace, and manage their own time."


"It helps the students and the teachers get more work covered though out the year."


"A teacher should flip their classroom because it benefits the students. If a student works slow they can go at the pace they need by knowing the assignment before they get to class and take all the time they need."


"Teachers wouldn't have to explain the lesson multiple times to students and can spend their time helping students work on their assignments."


"A teacher should flip their classroom because everyone can work at their own pace. People can take their time and not be too rushed, and others can speed through the entire course and not have to wait for those who work at a slower pace. It appeals to those who work slowly but surely, and those who want to get everything done."


"The students could keep a steady pace on their work and they could always look back at the screencast to get a better understanding of the lesson. It also helps the teachers, because it gives them time to fully concentrate on questions."


"A teacher should flip the classroom so the students are more productive. If they learn at home and work in class, they can ask teachers any questions they have. Once they know what they are doing they can work proficiently."


"A teacher should flip their classroom because students get more work done in class. Instead of the teacher spending most of the class period explaining an assignment, students have the whole period to work and can refer back to screencast whenever they have a question. At home, they learn how to do the assignment from the screencast so by the time they get to class they have the whole period to work effectively and efficiently."


"A teacher should "flip" their classroom because sometimes, students do not clearly understand the instructions just from the teacher speaking. But instead, if they hear and watch them on a screencast, they would understand them better."


"A teacher should flip an assignment for many reasons. One reason would be that if a student misses a class he/she can watch the screen cast and the do the work at home so the student doesn't miss the class."


"It is good for the students because they can now have time to talk and ask their teacher questions."


"A teacher should flip their classroom so they do not have to constantly discuss what they will do and just let the students do their work because they know what to do."


"A teacher should "flip" a classroom because it teaches the students to work independently and will help prepare them for the future."



Why Would Students Want to be in a "Flipped Classroom?"


"Students would want to be in a flipped classroom because it would help bring their grade up. This would help bring up their overall average therefore they do better in school."


"Students are independent. They do not need to rely on teachers to teach the material, but can teach it to themselves with material provided by the teacher. Help is still available. As a result of this, they could do the material at their own pace, their own level, and everything is overall easier. There is also less work to do at home, for there is more time to get the work done at school."


"Students can work at their own pace. One of the most annoying things as a student is when you have to listen to other students’ questions, which is not necessary. A flipped classroom allows students to not be held back by others."


"Students have more time in class to do their work so they don't get as much homework. Students get so much homework from academics so they can be forgetful about independent inquiry so if they finish their homework in class, they don't have to worry. Also, they don't have to fight for individual teacher time during class because they have the screencasts."


"Students would want to be in a "Flipped Classroom" because if the teacher talks in front of them all the time, sometimes, they would start to become bored or not pay attention."


"It is fun and entertaining."


"It is easier to manage the work."


"Students can watch screencasts at home again and again if they are confused on a topic."


"Students would want to be in a "flipped classroom" so they can have all of their questions answered the next day."



How Does "Flipping" the Classroom Help You Learn?"


"Flipping the classroom helps me learn because by working at my own pace, I learn more thoroughly and I will remember things. It helps teachers because it shows where students are in their work, who is taking things seriously, and who is slacking off."


"Flipping the classroom helps me learn, because I can do work at home, and continue it at school. Also, the teacher only has to teach people who need help, and everyone can work independently."


"If you miss something in the classroom while the teacher is talking she is not going to say everything over but in a flipped classroom if you miss something you can rewind the video."


"You learn at home and when you get confused you can ask the teacher in class. This helps you work at your own pace.

It gives you more time to learn."


"Flipping your classroom helps you to learn because you are learning at your own pace and not affected by the other children if you pick up things slower than them."


"Flipping the classroom helps me learn by allowing me to take everything slowly. I can take my time and absorb the material to the fullest extent. Unlike in school, I can replay the lesson, pause it to take notes, and overall not have to worry that everyone else finished their notes and are getting impatient. There are also countless opportunities to ask for help. I can still ask for help at home, despite a somewhat delayed response. Therefore, asking questions on the lesson is easier and can be done at my leisure. I can also ask for help mid-project a little easier, because if I'm working at school and urgently need help, then I can get a faster answer, as opposed to working at home and needing help, where I may not get a response in time to make the cut off date."


"Flipping" the classroom helps me and other students learn because its like we are being taught personally, and we have a better understanding of what to do for the lesson."


"Flipping the classroom helps learning because students can do assignments at home and watch the lesson at home, but at school, they can ask the teacher questions. Students can get personal attention in school and they can flourish in that environment. All around, it is a win-win situation for the student and the teacher."


"It allows you to ask the teacher questions and then you can finish your work correctly and faster than with a teacher teaching in front of you."


"Flipping the classroom helps you learn your own way and is more personal than listening to a teacher talk. This is because you can ask questions and refer back to the screencasts."


"Flipping helps you to learn because it takes off the "training wheels" for learning."


"Flipping the Classroom shows a different type of learning and each person learns in a different way, therefore a flipping classroom helps each student in a different way."


"Flipping" the classroom helps me learn because, when you listen to people talk you sort of zone out and don't pay attention. When you watch a video, your eyes are focused on something and you can see what you are supposed to be doing."


"Flipping" the classroom can help you learn. One way it would help students learn is that they have time at home to understand more challenging work. When students do not know a problem in homework they tend to skip over it. However, in class they can ask their teacher questions."


"By "flipping" the classroom, many students will find that it will help them to learn more. One way it would help students learn is that they can focus on the more challenging work, which many find to be homework. By doing it in class, it is easier for them to understand it better because many times students do their homework not knowing what it really is about."




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