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Flipping teaching styles

  • Kelsey McCaffrey, Maria Carrillo High School

A new way of teaching made its way last school year to Maria Carrillo High School. An inverted classroom or a "flipped class" is a lecture-based class where students view the lesson outside of the classroom and complete their assignments during school.

Maria Carrillo algebra and geometry teacher Aaron Aubrey began to teach flipped classes just before the first semester in all of his academic classes.

"I first heard about flipped classes from a high school teacher in Windsor" Aubrey said. "This is the first year I have tried (flipped classes) and so far it seems very successful."

This modern teaching style was first looked into by Maureen Lage, Glenn Platt and Michael Treglia after publishing a paper titled "Inverting the Classroom: A Gateway to Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment" in 2000. In the same year, the University of Wisconsin- Madison started using eTeach software to replace the common lectures that had earlier been in a computer science course. PowerPoint presentations were made available to students to view on their own time.

"Since I do sports, I don't have a lot of time to do homework. So the flipped classes really help so I'm not doing hours of homework," said Kyle McCarty, who took Aubrey's Algebra 3/4 class as a sophomore. McCarty plays basketball and football. "I feel much more productive in class" said Zach West, another Algebra 3/4 student from last school year. According to www. sophia.org, a website created to help students and teachers who have introduced flipped classes to their classroom, 85 percent of teachers who changed to flipped classes had improved grades.

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