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Brian Bennett and I have had

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Brian Bennett and I have had many discussions about what the 'flipped classroom' means. If we use the definition that is provided by Sams and Bergmann's book, you can count me out. Do we have the right to expect our students to spend time (whether it be 10 minutes or 4 hours) daily after school preparing for our classroom? Perhaps everyone remembers too vividly the college model where this is necessary since we only spent 15 hours a week in class. This isn't the case in the k-12 classroom. My students spend (just in class) 7 hours a day and many of them spend an hour or more being bussed. That is equivalent to spending a little less than 3 hours per credit hour of studying (which most of us didn't come close to doing.) If a student is in sports, clubs, after school programs, or even works (which I believe most would encourage them doing to 'give them a more rounded education') they can easily go over the 3 hour per credit hour rule.

When do the students have time to learn about things they are interested in? If we send homework home, we minimize their time and desire to follow their own passions. I don't know about your school, but in Missouri our curriculum does not reach every important facet of a child's education. Give them some time to learn something other than what you are teaching in class.

Here is a post I wrote that explains how I think a Flipped Classroom should be run:

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