Flipping Classroom An Online Learning Innovation
Solving a Resource Problem
Teachers are flipping classroom activity from lecture time to homework time. Teachers are recording and posting lessons online for students to watch at home. As a result students come to class prepared to do their homework. Teachers devote the majority of class time to individual coaching. (Similarly, the ePrep ACT/SAT prep tutors assign practice tests as homework and devote class time to one-on-one test review).
While you are reading this article you may be excited to know that there are several thousand teachers around the world delivering their curriculum with the flipping classroom model. What are the mechanics for effectively flipping the classroom? Here are two examples that can better explain how it works. If you are a teacher, I hope you are inspired to learn more.
Flipping Classroom – Los Altos Math Pilot
Los Altos math teachers had regularly directed students to the Khan Academy website for additional math exercises. The Khan Academy is a free online resource that delivers math courses with short video lessons aimed at mastering basic math concepts. Students are instructed to work at their own pace to master math concepts.
In 2011 these teachers submitted a request to the Khan Academy development team. Can you build a dashboard for tracking progress, by concept, by student and by class? They wanted to flip their classrooms. But, without a way to monitor lesson activity, they could not measure student progress. With this new dashboard in place they could monitor student progress in their 5th and 7th grade math curriculum. By receiving lessons at home, students came to class each day prepared to tackle homework exercises.
Freed up from daily class instruction teachers spent more time working one-on-one with several students each day. With a virtual tutor delivering lessons, even for review in class, teachers were free to assist students when they needed help. With help available on-demand, students became more engaged.
Flipping Classroom at Clinton High School
Another example of the flipped classroom is working at Clinton High School. With delinquency rates sky high and graduation rates less than 50%, teachers realized their school was failing. In a remarkable move they turned to their students to ask why they were not attending. Students reported that they were discouraged because they were not able to keep up with the work and typically had no tutoring resources at home. Since failure seemed inevitable, why bother.
The Clinton Solution
Here is what their principal Greg Green has to say about this program:
“Schools don’t simply offer information. They offer a warm place, advanced technologies, caring and devoted staff, as well as experts who are committed to advancing their student’s skills.
Our students don’t need additional lecture time in the classroom. Our classroom concept is built around the idea that our teachers, using the latest learning solutions, can provide our students recorded lectures at home for them to view 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. This reverse “flipped” instructional process enables our students to maximize their time in class thus engaging in activities that drive learning. No more wasted time at home pouring through mountains of classroom content.
Online Lectures and Instruction
Our lectures are e-mailed directly to our students so that we have our “best” lecturer of each content area and specific strategy in front of our students at all times. Missed class? Don’t worry.. our lectures are recorded so our students don’t miss a thing. Quiet student? Don’t fret, we maximize our classroom technologies for our students to engage with their teacher and classmates in a stress-free environment. As a student of ours, you are receiving the very best we have to offer.
In English, the failure rate went from 52% to 19%; in math, 44% to 13%; in science, 41% to 19%; and in social studies, 28% to 9%. By September of 2011, the entire school began using the flipped instruction model, and already the impact is significant. During the first semester of the year, the overall failure rate at the school dropped to 10%. We’ve also seen notable improvement on statewide test scores, proving that students’ understanding of the material is better under this model.”
The Flipping Classroom Network has grown to over 2,900 classrooms. Check out the Flipped Learning Global Initiative.