March 13, 2011

Mrs. Lac Experiments with the Flipped Classroom



Lectures in the classroom? No, lectures via video, for homework!

It's no secret that Mrs. Lac is a pioneer at our school. Her latest teaching leap, only several weeks old as of this post, is causing quite a stir.

This is it in a nutshell: class work and homework are reversed. Students watch and take notes on videos demonstrating chemistry principles and they come to class ready for discussion and questions.

What's so good about? It encourages collaboration, and it keeps the students engaged.

Here are some comments from Mrs. Lac's Honors Chem students about the new system:

Ruby: I like the flipped method because I am able to to take notes at my pace...not rushing with half the information. Being able to come in and ask questions on what we saw or read is helpful. The pros are that you can take better notes and you can review the material as many times as you need. The cons are that it would be more helpful if you have the teacher there to answer questions as you see the videos or read. Over all I think the flipped method works pretty well.

Michael: It makes you more focused - you have to do the homework. It's easier to take notes. Pausing and rewinding are really helpful.

Carissa: I like the new system because it allows us as students to go about learning and taking notes at our own pace without worrying about holding up the class or asking the teacher to wait while we write things down. It also gives us the resources to go back and look over what we learned while reviewing for tests and quizzes because we have all of the videos already downloaded on our computers. However, the set up does make it harder when you really don't understand a concept, because when you are given the homework in class you are unable to complete it. But Mrs. Lac is very good about offering extra help during and after class, so this is rarely a problem.

John: Mrs. Lac is giving the same tests as she did before, but the scores are higher.

Mrs. Lac calls her new program a blended/hybrid one. She still does her PowerPoint lectures and her demonstrations.

Mrs. Lac notes: "I feel more in tune with where each individual student is. I see the struggles right away and I can deal with them immediately."

Here's more information about the flipped classroom:

How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning
Reverse Instruction: Dan Pink and Karl's "Fisch Flip"
Teachers "Doing the Flip" to Help Students Become Learners"

Last but not least, check out the @cybraryman1's Flipped Classroom page (just out today!) for many helpful links.
 
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