Oct 12, 2012

Teacher Showcase - Flipped Classroom

This past week Mr. Lopez stepped outside the box with regard to traditional teaching methods and introduced the flipped classroom concept to his students.  He shared a simple Google Doc with his students outlining the tasks to be completed at home. (States of Matter Web Assignment) He utilized a couple of Khan Academy videos to provide the at-home lecture and then gave students the time in class the next day to complete additional problems.  Unlike the traditional method, this format gave students the ability to get the help from the teacher and/or their peers while working on the actual problems.  Mr. Lopez also utilized this as an opportunity to assess each student with regard to the Self-Directed Learner performance standard and documented it in PowerSchool.  As I posted in an earlier blog, I think this is exactly the way to approach the flipped classroom concept.  Use a video clip or some other presentation to teach the concept, hold the students accountable by having them complete a task, and then reinforce/provide support/discuss in the classroom the next day.  Good job, good job, Mr. Lopez!

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  1. The students came to class the the next day having already watched the Khan Academy video on Energy and States of Matter and were able to create a phase change graph complete with the joules of energy necessary to convert 75 grams of Ice to 110 C. Approximately 95% of the team watched the video at home and were able to have a class discussion related to the video at the start of the class. I decided to evaluate the students on the Self Directed Learner Performance Standard after seeing the high participation rate for the homework assignment. They demonstrated the independent drive and curiosity to attempt to grasp the difficult concepts on their own. The students even remembered details from the video which included Khan himself making a mistake during one segment. I mentioned to the class 20 minutes into the period that the period would basically be over already if we watched the video in class. The seemed to appreciate and value this class format. Actually, I have never been able to cover this topic to this degree at this point in the year.

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