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The Flipped Classroom in Adult Education

Posted by on September 10th, 2015

Teachers are constantly striving to find new ways for students to achieve success by implementing a variety of instructional models. The flipped classroom is a new concept creating interest for instructors and teachers in middle school, high school and beyond. It encourages collaboration, active learning, and the ability for students to question information prior to in-person sessions.

The Flipped Classroom

The concept is simple—the lecture and homework segments of a class or instructional time are reversed. Students view lectures prior to attending class. Class time, then, is dedicated to learning exercises, projects, and discussions.

How the Flipped Classroom Works

Proponents of the flipped classroom believe it offers endless possibilities. Once the prerecorded lecture is delivered, instructors can implement a variety of learning activities. Teachers use the flipped classroom model in many ways:

  • Students watch five short lectures outside the classroom. Each lecture is followed by a quiz that evaluates how much information students absorbed, and what concepts need focus during the in-person segment.
  • Classrooms are collaborative platforms in which students practice what they learned at home. Areas of the lesson posing a challenge to students are addressed by small group work or another strategy.
  • The classroom turns into a place where students bring questions about material they struggled with. Teachers and students use these struggles to spur discussions for further clarification.

Can the Flipped Classroom Model Work for Adult Education and GED® Exam Prep?

In many ways the flipped classroom model is ideal for students working toward GED certification. Adult students are often more motivated to do their coursework, more willing to utilize information from the lectures/lessons and eager to welcome feedback from quizzes. They typically have goals that keep them on task. The flipped classroom allows adults to use learning opportunities to formulate questions and collaborate with peers. Collaborative learning is natural in an adult education setting because it prepares students for a workforce where they must collaborate regularly with colleagues.

The flipped classroom requires preparation, but it has the potential to be an incredible tool. It shifts the role of teacher from the source of all information to a facilitator, allowing students to take on a more active role. For adults, this is essential—it can lead to the mastery of material rather than simply covering it.

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