Traditionally, students come to class to listen to a lecture, and then practice skills on their own as homework. A flipped classroom “flips” this approach - students engage with preparatory materials (lectures, readings, etc.) before coming to class. Then the class period is used for practice opportunities including group discussions, activities, role-playing, simulated patients, etc.
Advantages of this approach include:
Some challenges of this approach include:
A schedule for a flipped classroom might look like this:
Before class: Students watch a pre-recorded video lecture about preparing teeth for crowns and answer embedded quiz questions
In class: Students practice doing the tooth preps on models then trade models with a classmate and provide constructive feedback to one another.
After class: Students create a guide sheet on tooth preps which synthesizes the steps and guidance from the American Dentistry Association.
Use the Google Plug-in below to find articles about educators who have implemented flipped classrooms in your discipline.