Reading a recent article concerning two pioneer teachers in this movement (Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, science teachers at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado), I discovered how much greater change in student behaviors is available through this application of technology.
I often ask teachers to list student behaviors that they believe would increase student achievement. Then we explore how we as teachers can generate more of those behaviors. Here is a partial list from one group of teachers.
• Reading as choice
•Finding Problem to Solve
•Following a Passion
•Working Independently and Collaboratively
•Taking Risk in Learning
•Using Technology to research and produce
•Adapting to Change
When they get to class, they are there to do work. They pick up labs. They do interactive activities. They can complete problem sets
Students are the workers….engaged in doing.
Now students are all working on different things at different times. By the end of the year, we have students in three different units of study. Some are done a month early, and they start on a project. We have kids doing different things at different times on different days
Students are in control of learning .and pacing….student learning and mastery are the indicators to start the next area of study.
The kids are taking responsibility for their own learning
On every list that teachers create regarding desired student behaviors, they state the importance of students taking responsibility.
If you could come into this classroom and just hear the rich interactions that these kids are having, it’s amazing.
Student voice on topic is identified by most teachers as critical to quality learning.
Our kids like that we’ll say, “Instead of just doing busy work, if you can prove to me that you’ve learned it, you can move on.” It’s really changed the classroom from “finish these assignments” to “learn these things.”
Students invest effort in work with learning as the outcome.
Looks to me like “flipping” presents some great opportunities for engagement that produces learning.
See video samples teacher have made for flipped lessons.