Flipping the elementary school classroom? YES!

Elementary school classrooms do not naturally lend themselves to a flipped or blended environment for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is the trending topic of screen time among young users. There is a growing awareness that although young children gravitate towards screens (who hasn’t received a sweet, yet garbled, text message from their toddler playing on their partner’s phone?) screen time should be limited.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made formal recommendations of the amount of time young children spend in front of screens. Outside of screen calling with grandparents the Association suggests that preschoolers ages 2 to 5 should have no more than 1 hour of screen time each day. The Association does however acknowledge that screens offer children older than 6 a number of educational and social advantages and does not offer a prescribed limit, saying only that screen time should be managed within the context of other necessary activities for childhood development such as physical activity social contact, family time and sleep.

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