The flipped classroom is where students watch the video lesson and learn the material at home then come to school and have class time to work on problems where the teacher and fellow students are available to answer questions. This teaching technique addresses the typical math classroom problem: Students passively listen to the lecture, begin the homework (only getting to the easy ones), go home and get stuck. Instead, students are able to tackle the "difficult" part of the learning-the problems-in the classroom where there is immediate help available from the teacher and peers.

Some teachers have required students to watch the video at home and other allows students to watch the video lesson in the classroom if they did not get the video watched before class. Most students will watch the video at home, which leaves more time for them to work on stuff in class where they can ask peers and the teacher for help if needed.

Our classrooms look like they did in a traditional class when there was work time, but to improve the effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom, we often start class with either Q&A on the video and/or have a 5 minute "Power Lesson" that reinforces the key concepts or concepts with which students often struggle. In some classes we are using five question formative quizzes on SMART Responders to check for understanding on the homework.


The Flipped Classroom often allows more time for projects, application problems, or more labs in a science classroom.

With the Flipped Classroom in a math classroom, students are busy doing math rather than passively sitting in their desks watching the teacher do the math on the SMART Board. The idea of the Flipped Classroom has been used for decades in English classes since English teachers often have assigned students to read part of a novel as homework then they use class time to discuss and analysis the material that students learned at home. Recording lesson videos is the mathematics or science equivalent to assigning "reading" for homework.

Most of our videos are 10 to 15 minutes long, but for a few lessons that are longer, students need two videos; YouTube currently has a 15 minutes maximum on any video upload, and research shows that shorter, "chunked" videos are better for learning.

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