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1 Comment May 28, 2012 By: Michael Gorman May 28 Written by: 5/28/2012 12:30 AM ShareThis
To flip or not to flip? That is not the essential question. In assessing the optimal classroom dynamics, I would argue that we need to take a good look at what our classrooms look like right now, what activities our students gain the most from, what we wished we had more time for, and what things about our class we wish we could eliminate.
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. But, surprisingly, so did students who hadn’t missed class. They, too, used the online material, mostly to review and reinforce classroom lessons. And, soon, Bergmann and Sams realized they had the opportunity to radically rethink how they used class time.
The Flipped Classroom Explained In 22 Minutes - By Aaron Sams - Screencast.com Why a “flipped classroom?” Mr.
Editor's Note: Posts about the flipped class on The Daily Riff beginning in January 2011 have generated over 240,000 views to-date - thanks contributors and readers . . . See our other links related to the flipped class below this guest post. Since this post was written, Bergmann and Sams have released their book, Flip your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day . Do check it out. - C.J. Westerberg
Flipped learning has taken the education world by storm. The newest teaching and learning method—in which students watch videos and learn course content outside of the classroom, and then come to class to complete “homework” with the help of instructors and peers—raises many questions about how instruction can be completely transformed to engage students more effectively. With the generous support of Hitachi, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives, along with other relevant information, to help you learn more about flipped learning and how it might benefit your students and teachers. —The Editors Engaging Students with 'Flipped Learning'