I was really interested in Salman Kahn’s recent TED talk (video embedded at the end of this post).

There is much to love, and I’m going to try out some of his simpler videos on my 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade children.

I was particularly interested in the concept of “flipping class.” Typically in class, the teacher lectures and then the students do homework at home. Kahn proposes that the “lecture” be viewed by students at home, and then they do their homework in class, where the teacher (and students who understand the material better) can help those who need assistance.

It seems to me that most of the real learning takes place when the students are actually grappling with problems and actively participating.

Would a high school student really go home and watch 2 hours of video lectures before class the next day? I don’t know … but the idea of “flipping class” is definitely worth thinking about.