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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Inside the Flipped Classroom

With the increased focus on problem solving in mathematics (as mandated by the Common Core), many secondary teachers have begun to look toward 'flipping' their classroom. In the flipped classroom, students spend daily homework time watching videos of their teacher's daily lecture - at home, outside of class time. Then, they spend class time doing exercises to practice their emerging skills and, most importantly, on problem solving. Because students spend class time working on exercises and solving problems, the teacher is able to help students trouble-shoot and guide them in developing the skill and the concepts behind the mathematics. Something they would normally have to work through on their own, or with a parent, at home.

Byron High School is one school in which the entire math department has made the switch - with some pretty impressive results in student achievement.

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