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I am doing a personal trial of flipping a class in the hopes of improving understanding. Student homework is the powerpoint lecture that is normally given in class, with my voiceover. The slides include questions that must be answered and submitted to me online.
Since lectures are now homework, project work is now classwork. I have found I can control the student products better -- and improve their quality -- if I am there to keep everyone working. I make sure that all parties getting credit for the work are actually participating; plus, I can explain the concepts better for students individually.
Students began reporting to me that they really liked this model. They felt that they could control the pace of the lecture, rewind, relisten, and take notes at their own speed. The feedback was encouraging.
Salman Khan on TED explains the idea of the flipped classroom better.
Because students are now doing active work in the classroom, the classroom has gotten noisier. This is difficult for me to work in, the noise. I am struggling with the amount of noise that an active science class generates. I am excited about being a coach in the classroom and looking forward to bettering my own delivery of this style of learning. The class that I am flipping is a senior elective, oceanography. It has a handful of juniors in it, but for the most part these students are seniors and have a wide range of reasons for electing to take this class. Since my class is an elective that does not have a high stakes exam attached to it, I felt comfortable embedding my own learning of a new style of teaching into it.
The scientist in me needs formal data so I plan on asking for formal student feedback on the course structure. I'd also like to ask you readers for your experience with the flipped classroom. And for those wanting even more information: