What's Going on in the classroom
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 engage/explore phenomena and construct models using prior understanding. Then they watch a short video for homework (click on the video below for an example) to introduce vocabulary and provide further explanation of phenomena as they refine their models.. In the classroom students work collaboratively to apply their understanding to new real-world problems and are evaluated by the students and teacher to address difficulties and misconceptions. Students then move on to complete critical thinking questions, discussions, refine their models etc. in a collaborative format to further their understanding of the topic. The class is completely student-centered as the teacher becomes the facilitator helping student gain new knowledge.
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.