In Andrew Miller’s post on http://www.edutopia.org/, entitled Five Best Practices for Flipped Classroom, he discusses “Need to Know”, “Engaging Models”, “Technology”, “Reflection”, and “Time and Place”. Miller also is very clear that flipped classroom does not fix weak teaching skills.
My intent is not to say that the flipped classroom is bad. Rather, it is only a start. The focus should be on teacher practice, then tools and structures. The flipped classroom is one way to help move teachers toward better teaching but does not ensure it.
I also liked how he was certain to push for teacher to not start at flipped classroom and then develop their plans. It is a tool to utilize while implementing your learning plan. I think so often technology is used for the sake of using technology or used without thinking through how it fits into the bigger picture.
Miller does hit on the what I see as the biggest strength of the flipped classroom, which is the teacher spending more face time assisting their students than talking at them. This, in my opinion, is where the successful results found from flipping the classroom stems from.
It fosters the “guide on the side” mentality and role, rather than that of the “sage of the stage.”
Another benefit, I have not seen discussed anywhere is that this setting should cultivate a better relationship between the student and teacher. This would lead to a strengthen willingness to ask questions in the classroom. Its hard to be against something that provides a side effect like that.