The "Flipped Flipped Classroom"

The "Flipped Flipped Classroom"

Hands-on exploration first

You've heard of the flipped classroom, where students watch lecture videos before coming to class and use class time for activities with the instructor.  But that may be the wrong way around.

In this July 16 article, David Plotnikoff of the Stanford News Service describes a new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education shows that students learned a neuroscience lesson substantially better when they did the hands-on activities first and then read the text or watched video.  This may mean that the model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped.

This approach really puts the "active" in "active learning."

What's your experience?  Does it help students learn when you do hands-on activities with them before the reading or video?

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Bruff notes in his blog that the Stanford study had students doing the hands-on introduction individually, not in class time. This weakens the claim that class time is best spent this way. Bruff also makes some useful, thoughtful distinctions about the various meanings and connotations of the term "flipped," that we should bear in mind going forward.

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