There is an art to flipped teaching and it is not simply recording a video with all the content and expecting the student to gain what they require from that. An effective model is the
Explore-Explain-Apply model. In this model, the student begins Exploring the topic in the classroom doing an inquiry project, then goes home and instead of doing traditional 'homework', watches the video (the flipped part), then at school applies the information in a collaborative fashion thus becoming an expert in the teaching.
The chart below shows results from a high school classroom in Chicago, who have adopted the model, with great success.
What I think... To me both methods sound fantastic, and I think that Challenge Based Learning (CBL) is something I shall be working with sooner than Flipped instruction. Teaching at an International Baccalaureate school, there is a big emphasis on the students learning about what is happening in the world around them and helping them become global citizens. In 8th grade, they also participate in a Community Service Project, which sounds a lot like this. I am interested to compare the guidelines of that project with CBL as I am sure they are very similar.
In my class I currently always bring real life incidents in for my students to look at to engage them and I do have a very high engagement rate. However, there are still that handful of students who I do not catch, so wonder if I can take this aspect of CBL even deeper in my research project by making that project actually individual to the student somehow? I would love to do a CBL project, my only hesitation is how it would fit into the IB curriculum.
Flipped Instruction is scarier to me! I am not crazy good at technology and need to get over my fear of actually knowing how to do something and what to do - being told to "make a video" without and specifics is a bit daunting to me. I also worry about if my students would really do it or not? My school has a very hard time getting student to do homework at all, so I am not sure if this is something that would work now... I wonder however, if in the future that might change, especially once everyone has internet access at home which is another challenge some of my students face.