This summer, educators will have the chance to delve into some of the finer points of one of the largest and most popular trends to hit classrooms in decades: flipped learning.
The 2012 Flipped Class Conference will be held June 19-20, with a pre-conference workshop on June 18, at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago. The conference aims to demonstrate and discuss the flipped learning model, in which educators become guides to understanding the content rather than dispensers of facts, and students become active learners rather than receptacles of information.
In many instances of the flipped learning approach, students watch a lecture video as homework, then complete labs or projects or discuss the material in greater depth during class.
“When students have control over how they learn, the pace of their learning, and how their learning is assessed, the learning belongs to them,” says conference host and flipped learning pioneer Jon Bergmann. Bergmann is a chemistry, earth and space science, and AP chemistry teacher for the Woodland Park School District in Colorado.
Bergmann has spoken about flipped learning across the country. He and Aaron Sams—another innovator in flipped learning, who teaches biology, chemistry, and AP chemistry at Woodland Park High School—will be featured plenary speakers on June 20 and will focus on the future of flipped classrooms. They’ll also discuss their upcoming book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach every student in every class every day, available this July.
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Other keynote speakers will include Brian Bennett, a high school biology and chemistry teacher from Indiana, who will discuss effective pacing in the class, as well as accommodations that can be made in a flipped classroom. Brian Gervase, a precalculus teacher from Downers Grove, Ill., will moderate a panel of students, administrators, and parents currently participating in flipped learning.
“I believe my session could be titled ‘Getting Everyone into the Flipped Classroom,'” said Gervase. “In order for the flipped classroom to be successful, everyone involved has to be on board. This includes the student, the parent, the administration, and the community. If everyone understands what is really going on in the classroom, it makes buy-in easy for all. Let’s hear from the teacher and hear from the students directly about how the flipped classroom has changed the way we do business.”