WHY FLIP OVER THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM?




FOR MY STUDENTS - WHY ARE WE FLIPPING OVER THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM?

HI everyone!   I am very excited to work with you this year as we delve into another year of math.  This year, you will be experiencing a new way of teaching and learning called the Flipped Classroom.  We will talk about what a flipped classroom is, what you can expect this year, and why we are making the change.  

Let’s start off with “What is a Flipped Classroom”?

The flipped classroom is a place that is completely student centered and focused on your needs rather than on me...but what does that mean, exactly?  How is the flipped classroom different than what you are used to?In a flipped classroom, I am not up in the front of the classroom giving a lesson every day, because you watch the lesson before you come to class on your computer, or mobile device.  A 45 minute in-class lesson is whittled down to an 6-minute video lesson, so you save a lot of time and are able to learn at your own pace, whether that be faster or slower than your peers.  You are completely in charge of your own learning and the speed at which you receive the information. When you come to class, you are ready to discuss the material, ask and answer questions, solve problems, and apply your learning in a variety of different ways. I’m able to walk around the entire period and help you either individually or in small groups, clarifying misconceptions and asking you questions to make you think deeper about what you are learning.   It’s a much better use of time - and the best part is that  you have a ton of help around you if you need it! 

While I will still be providing all the resources you need in order to learn, it will be done in an individualized way and in a way that allows you to be active learners both in and out of class.  These resources might be videos, websites, or other sources that I find helpful, and you will even learn to find resources on your own! Because you have all the information you need in terms of the lesson, you are able to learn the material at your own pace, in your own time, in your own place. The flipped classroom enables you to take full responsibility for your learning and for class time to be focus on your individual and unique needs.  And now, I have the time to focus on YOU and help YOU in the way that YOU need it.  That’s what the flipped classroom is all about - focusing on the student and helping the student to succeed in the best possible way.  You are the one that matters the most in our classroom- in class, we can spend the entire period working together, asking and answering questions, solving problems, working in small groups and one-on-one, applying our knowledge, and helping you to learn, understand, and succeed.  

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