Flipped Classroom

In a traditional classroom students notes in class and do homework problems at home.  In the Flipped Classroom model the kids take notes at home by watching a video of my lesson and then solve problems collaboratively in class.  See below for advantages and testimonials.

"So I decided to change the bargain with my students. Attendance would be mandatory. Homework would be daily. There would be a reading assignment for every class. But when they got to class, they would talk to each other instead of listening to me. In class, I would become a coach helping students practice rather than an oracle spouting truths. We would “flip the classroom,” as they say: students would prepare for class in their rooms, and would spend their classroom time doing what we usually call “homework”—solving problems."  Harry Lewis, Harvard University (see article below)     


Some advantages:


1.  This is a more efficient use of kids' time.  The video lessons are usually 10 to 15 min, and require much less mental energy than doing a problem set.  This is good for kids who get home at 8 pm or later with a lot of work to do.


2.  The kids work collaboratively to solve hard problems in class rather than in isolation at home.  Kids are not skipping the hard problems and waiting for my explanation in class.  They're toughing it out together with only a few words from me.


3.  All students have been much more active learners in class, even the "quiet" ones, and this model of problem solving more closely mirrors how problems are worked on and solved in real life.


4.  For kids who can never come after school for help, they can get questions answered in class.


5.  When I am out sick, my classes do not get behind, even if the sub can't teach the lesson.    


Subpages (1): Testimonials
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Deborah Winkler,
Dec 2, 2015, 6:06 PM
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Deborah Winkler,
Dec 8, 2015, 8:08 AM
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Deborah Winkler,
Feb 4, 2015, 5:54 PM
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Deborah Winkler,
Dec 1, 2015, 4:13 AM
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Deborah Winkler,
Feb 5, 2015, 5:17 AM
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Deborah Winkler,
Jan 5, 2015, 6:51 AM