Do you know the most consistent predictor of student success?
It’s not socioeconomic status. It’s not skin color or gender. It’s not IQ.
It’s the level of involvement of a child’s parents.
Children spend up to 70% of their time outside of the school. That means they’re with their parents for significantly more hours than their teachers. The opportunity for parents to have a positive (or negative) impact on their child’s overall performance, then, is enormous.
The rise of blended learning in today’s schools has forever altered what takes place inside the classroom.
In blended learning (or flipped classroom) environments, students learn through a combination of digital content, in-person instruction, individual guidance, and customizable self-study. Teachers, in particular, have been forced to alter many of their methods and approaches in order to adapt to this new model. That much is clear. In the past, they often served as lecturers and evaluators. Today, while they still perform many of their traditional functions, they also need to be content curators, data gatherers, system administrators, and willing mentors.
Technology is changing a lot of things these days—how we communicate, how we conduct business, and how we learn about the world around us. Students take notes on laptops and tablets, read textbooks on e-readers, and even take tests online.
But learning isn’t the only part of education that’s changing. Teachers now have access to more and better instructional resources from across the Internet, and technology continues to transform how we deliver information to students.
One new approach that is currently gaining popularity as more proof comes in that it is an effective way to increase student engagement and teacher productivity is the Flipped classroom. Flipped classrooms are becoming an alternative to the traditional learning environment for students and teachers alike.