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Due to Khan Academy’s popularity, the idea of the flipped classroom has gained press and credibility within education circles. Briefly, the Flipped Classroom as described by Jonathan Martin is: Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating. Classrooms become laboratories or studios, and yet content delivery is preserved. Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating.
A New Way of Teaching
I’ve received a number of questions and comments on my recent Education Next article, The Flipped Classroom . Most gratifying have been the rich exchanges in comment threads and on twitter (#flipclass), primarily from educators explaining their experiences, challenges, and discoveries from “flipping” their classrooms. Here are their answers to common questions: On student/teacher engagement:
POTOMAC, Md. – Step into Stacey Roshan's Advanced Placement calculus class some morning and two things become apparent: The students don't seem stressed-out, as AP students often do. And the teacher is barely teaching. Sitting in pairs, students poke at their iPads waiting for class to begin.
Four years ago, in the shadow of Colorado’s Pike’s Peak, veteran Woodland Park High School chemistry teachers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams stumbled onto an idea. Struggling to find the time to reteach lessons for absent students, they plunked down $50, bought software that allowed them to record and annotate lessons, and posted them online. Absent students appreciated the opportunity to see what they missed.
Editor's Note: On the heels of our viral posts - over 100,000 views in over 100 countries - about the flipped classroom earlier this year (links below), we asked Jon Bergmann if he could share some of the feedback he was receiving in light of the notable interest about this topic. The timing couldn't have been more perfect since he was about to leave for a conference about you-guessed-it, the flipped class. Here is Part 1 of our three part series The Daily Riff. See Part 2 and 3 links below. - C.J.
" . . . not all material is suitable to be taught through a video lesson. " Are You Ready to Flip? Part 2 of 3 of "The Flipped Class" by Dan Spencer, Deb Wolf and Aaron Sams Recently there has been increased interest in "best practices" of the flipped classroom in education. During the recent Flipped Class Conference at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park Colorado, a team of experienced "flipped teachers" collaborated to create a three-part series for The Daily Riff concerning the nature of the Flipped Class. This second article "Are You Ready to Flip?"
Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of 3 of The Flipped Class Series at The Daily Riff. You can start here, by reading this post, and go backwards and still understand what's going on in the conversation. Links to Part 1, "The Flipped Class: What it Is and What it is Not," and Part 2 - "Are You Ready to Flip?," and other related links can be found below. - C.J. Westerberg