A flipped classroom changed one student’s outlook.

The idea of graduating high school is supposed to be exciting: the beginning of a brand new life filled with experience and opportunity. But, when I thought about graduating from high school, I wasn’t excited; I was terrified. While my friends were talking about what colleges they wanted to apply to and their plans for life after high school, I sat in silence, wondering what I would do.

You see, I wasn’t a great student. I struggled through my first two years, scoring a 13 on my first ACT test. I didn’t think I’d get into any college, let alone the college of my dreams; I was convinced I’d spend the rest of my life working for minimum wage. I wanted so much more for myself, but it seemed like that was my only option…until everything changed.

On the first day of classes in my junior year, the principal explained to us that school would no longer be as it once was: our teachers would “flip” the way that they taught.  Instead of sitting in class delivering a lecture, our teachers recorded those lectures and asked us to view them for homework. Then during class, we instead worked on what used to be our homework before the videos–the math problems, the group projects, the labs, etc.

(Next page: How the new format worked in practice)