Educational Technology

October 21, 2012

Flipped Class Model Turns AP Calculus ‘Upside Down’

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

By Wendy Roshan, Center for Digital Ed

I finally agreed to give the flipped classroom a try. The results were astounding: last year, over half of my students earned a perfect score! More importantly, my students were thrilled with the new class format. They loved having the ability to pause, rewind and replay each lesson at their own pace, as often as they liked. Additionally, this model allowed for increased flexibility, ensuring that a student never missed (or misheard!) any lecture. Another major benefit of the flipped class was evident this year when one student who really wanted to take AP Calculus was unable to fit the class into her schedule. Because of my new class format, she was able to take the class as an independent study. After watching the videos at home, she would come into my office during her free periods to complete problems, and I would sit nearby in case she needed help on difficult material. It ended up being a very successful solution for both of us, which lead to her earning a “5” on the AP exam.

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