Flipping the Classroom to Support Professional Growth

The flipped classroom in teacher preparation programs

Gardner-Webb students reported higher engagement and saved money by replacing textbooks with Teachscape Learn, Teachscape Mini Tablet Kits, and iPads.

See what Faith, a teacher candidate at Gardner-Webb, has to say about Learn.

What is a flipped classroom?

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which typical class-time and homework activities of a course are reversed. Student teachers review lectures, videos and other instructional content as homework. They then spend the majority of class time engaged in discussions, roleplaying and other hands-on activities to explore topics like classroom management and instructional strategies.

Why is it important?

Students devote limited class time to the application of new knowledge and receiving real-time feedback from their instructor and peers instead of passively listening to lectures. If students don’t grasp a concept the first time around, they can re-watch videos as many times as necessary at their convenience. Or, they can skip through parts they already understand.

What does it look like?

The School of Education at Gardner-Webb University used videos and other online instructional content featuring experts and real-life classrooms from Learn to flip their classrooms. For homework, instructors assigned modules where concepts ranging from classroom management to foundations of effective mathematics teaching were demonstrated in Learn videos. In class, students had rich discussions about the videos, deepening their understanding of key practices of successful teaching.


Flip your classroom

For more info about flipping your classroom, check out these resources from EDUCAUSE.