Flipped Classrooms Entering Mainstream

According to Ed Tech Magazine, teachers who flip their classrooms are increasing by 30% per year.  The trend is most prevalent in middle and high school.  Most administrators support these efforts and teachers report that student engagement is up as a result of flipping.  I was able to dramatically increase the amount of writing that I assigned to my students because I worked in a 1:1 iPad environment. This year I assigned 12 DBQ essays in my classes whereas in most years, I am lucky if I assign between four and six. I was also able to introduce a electronic peer review system that provided anonymous feedback on student essays.

Here is a cool graphic that illustrates the results of the survey: www.sophia.org

As more educators compare their student outcomes, we will learn what practices are most effective in flipped classrooms. I will say that teaching 1:1 for an entire year was novel, challenging, and frustrating at times, but best of all it was fun.  My students loved using their iPads and I enjoyed experimenting with them. Students read more, wrote more, viewed more historical content, and took more field trips to historical sites (even if they were virtual trips). In short, the flipping turned my classroom into a student-centered, active learning, historical thinking adventure.

Here is a link to the full article: http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2014/06/how-flipped-classrooms-are-growing-and-changing

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