Calif. Teachers Flip for 'Flipped Learning'

Monday, January 28, 2013

When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson—he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble.

It's a technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" because it flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework—the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice.

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