Teachers: Involve parents in the flipped classroom, too

By Graham Johnson
October 26th, 2012

At the beginning of each semester I spend time speaking to my students about what the flipped classroom is: a significant change over the way students have previously been taught. As a result, I explain what the benefits of the flipped classroom are, what an average day will look like, and how students will be assessed, among many other things.

I work hard to paint a positive picture to get students on my side. And change can be scary! I explain that students will have less homework than they have ever had in a math class, how they will not be forced to listen to their teacher lecture for the majority of class, and how classroom time will be spent working with others and being active in their learning. I give the flipped class a hard sell – I want students to be excited about doing things they have never done before in a math classroom. And there are always a few things that shock them:

“We get to use our cell phones?”


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“We move at our own pace in class?”

That’s right!

“We’re encouraged to talk in class?”

You bet!

This year marks my second year as a flipped classroom teacher. Now that my lesson videos are already created, I’m excited to focus on the finer points in my classroom. I spent significant effort explaining the flipped classroom to my students last year, so I decided that this year, I would educate their parents as well.

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2 Responses to “Teachers: Involve parents in the flipped classroom, too”

I’m curious about your statement that “Over the past 200 years, the teaching model hasn’t really changed. Since the first schools were created, teachers have stood at the front of the classroom and lectured.” That is not my impression. As recently as 50 years ago many students attended school in one-room schools with many ages present. I thought that then it was more of a “tutor the student or small group of students, who then work independently until the next recitation/tutoring session” model. In some ways more like the flipped classroom than the more recent lecture and assign homework model…

November 2, 2012

YourTeacher is making all its iBook textbooks for flipped K-12 math classrooms free through December 31, 2012. To help educators understand how interactive iBooks textbooks can help them flip the classroom, we are making Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry free in Apple’s iBook store through the current year. Each example problem has a video explanation, and students receive immediate feedback from practice problems.