I tried the reverse teaching / flip the classroom teaching method with my Algebra students. They were instructed to view a new lesson using the textbook's online video. Students then worked a few practice problems. I worked and explained the problems on the board as students checked their steps/solutions. Students then completed a survey to share their opinions of the reverse teaching method.
1. 40% of the students answered the practice problems correctly.
2. Benefits noted by students: "It makes the student think more"; "I liked writing my own notes so I could understand them"; "Teachers can just answer the things that you don't understand"
3. Concerns noted by students: "My grade might drop because I get too frustrated"; "When I looked back (at my notes) I don't know what I meant"; "You can't ask questions"; "The teacher could teach a different way"
4. 60% of the students did not prefer the reverse teaching method; 40% were undecided.
I spent about the same amount of time answering questions about the practice problems as I would have spent teaching the lesson. Therefore, it was not an effective method to use for new concepts. I would use this method again only for review concepts.
I joined the Fliptheclassroom group. I briefly shared my experience and is looking forward to reading about other experiences and opinions related to reverse teaching.