The inverted classroom: what is it?

The inverted class is a teaching method practiced by some teachers of national education and the private sector. What are the advantages ? Why are they making this choice? What do parents think? Explanations.

“There are as many flipped classes as there are reverse teachers,” exclaims Marie Soulié, a French teacher who has applied this method since 2011. The common denominator is active pedagogy with an almost permanent activation of the students within the class. ”

Physically, the teachers are no longer facing their students but next to them. Everyone can get up , move . The layout of the tables also changes according to the activities because the work can be either individual or collaborative in small groups.

No homework, the hardest part is done in class

The differences between the teachers are mainly at the capsule level. These are small videos that children should watch the day before class. There are two kinds: those of presentation which summarize the activity to come and the appetizers which consist in that the pupils soak up the concept which they will then approach in class. At home, children should never learn, but simply watch these capsules before the upcoming lesson. The goal is for them to come to class with questions. In this method, moreover, they do not have any homework either , they only have to do this preparatory work, a simple task.

The complex tasks, which are memorization and comprehension, are done with the teacher during the application of the concepts discussed in the capsules. Students practice through scenarios and research activities . “It is a pedagogy of discovery because the pupils will have to set up tasks linked to concepts,” Marie Soulié develops. You don’t learn to play football by watching television but by being in the field, it can be the same at school, the concepts are easier to memorize through practice and activity.than when you listen to someone speak. ” At the end of the exercises, there is generally a pooling of the results of the investigations of each student or each group. The teacher is then responsible for summarizing them in the writing of their choice – mind map, table, educational text, etc. – that the children will copy when they get home.

“The pupils do not see the time passing”

There are flipped classes from kindergarten to university level. This way of teaching exists in both public and private education , and for all subjects. The children of Ilham follow a virtual one, via a private online school . Her nine year old son and seven year old daughter love this way of learning. “They start their day knowing what they are going to do and have already mastered the concepts a little before starting the exercises with the teacher,” explains the mother. I think they assimilate better and that they are more autonomous. One day we mentioned the option of putting them back to normal school, it was screaming and crying! ”

For her part, Marie Soulié believes that her students are moreinvolved and motivated than when she taught in a traditional way. They always do the required work at home and use it more during the exercises. “It’s a new job I’m doing, nothing to do with the start of my career, I feel much more efficient,” she analyzes. Children retain better and, above all, they come to class with the desire to learn, which is essential. They tell me that they don’t see the time passing. ” An educational choice which therefore seems very beneficial. Small downside anyway: children must have digital tools at home to, among other things, view the capsules. Equipment that does not benefit all households.