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How a flipped classroom flipped a student’s perspective

By Kylie McAuley
February 15th, 2013

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)

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10 Responses to “How a flipped classroom flipped a student’s perspective”

    chemgirl60
    February 23, 2013

    I have been trying for 3 years, but with zero support. In my school the administration is so fearful of not making AYP that they are not willing to take the risk of trying anything new. They will only support methods with loads of supporting data and force it on the teachers in a ‘top down’ punitive management style. The emphasis on judging teachers and school on test scores is ruining public education.

chemgirl60
February 23, 2013

Awesome! This worked for you, Kylie, because you are motivated to learn. Keep up the great effort; you are successful because YOU are willing to do the hard work of learning.

mrmitchell3
February 27, 2013

This does not work in every class and you cannot take one person’s story and think this could apply to our country as a whole. Students would need internet access at home, would need to be highly motivated and many teachers teach in the classroom, not just lectures. What do you do for elementary schools? Do some research and look into this more for yourself before singing praises.