What's Going on in the classroom
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About the flipped classroom
The flipped classroom is not an online course. It is a way to engage students and make them more active in the learning process. Students watch a short video lecture for homework (click on the video below for an example) and take notes and complete practice examples. In the classroom these problems are evaluated by the students and teacher to address difficulties and misconceptions. Students then move on to complete critical thinking questions, hands on activities, discussions etc. in a collaborative format to further their understanding of the topic. The class is completly student-centered as the teacher becomes the facilator instead of a lecturer. Instruction is differentiated giving students more freedom to choose how they learn the material.
Why teach using flipped instruction?
Students work in teams of 3 or 4 to apply scientific concepts to practice problems focusing on a central phenomena. Students are encouraged to help each other with the problems and utilize the teacher as a "coach" to guide them. Research shows that student retention is increased dramatically through practice, frequent low-stakes assessments and student to student teaching/discourse.