Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Flipping Your Classroom in One "Take"

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Flipping Your Classroom in One "Take"

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March 2013, using Web Tools to Support Learning

When a teacher flips his classroom, he creates video lectures that students watch as homework. This frees up time in the classroom for students to work collaboratively on activities. This month, we continue to explore the flipped classroom by looking at the FIZZ approach (see "On the web") by Lodge McCammon, a specialist in curriculum and contemporary media at North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

In pilot implementations of the FIZZ approach, McCammon has seen increases in student success and engagement, parent involvement, administrative support, and teacher job satisfaction. In a survey of more than 500 teachers, the website ClassroomWindow (see "On the web") found that nearly 90% of respondents who had tried flipping their classroom reported improved job satisfaction; nearly 70% reported increases in student standardized test scores; and 80% reported improved student attitudes.

McCammon advocates for flipping the classroom for a variety of reasons:

* It is efficient. Lecture content can often be transmitted more effectively in a video than in a live lecture. McCammon consistently finds that a 60 minute in-class lecture can be effectively delivered in as little as 10 minutes via video.

* It improves the life of each teacher. Flipping allows the teacher to cover the material once on video instead of repeating content class after class, day after day, and year after year.

* It strengthens relationships. First, students are able to "take their teacher home" as they watch videos. Second, more class time is freed up to increase teacherstudent interactions. Third, when students watch videos at home, parents often get a peek into what is happening in the class. Fourth, administrators can watch the videos, establishing trust and accountability.

* It improves the quality of teaching. By recording content and reflecting on the video, each teacher becomes better at communicating content to students.

* Flipping the classroom opens up more class time for student collaboration.

* Flipping the classroom provides the time and structure needed to differentiate instruction. …

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