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Flipping the Classroom

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The flipped strategy has been extremely helpful to the military students and families I serve on base, but then again this is the only population with whom I have used this strategy. Many of our students have extended absences due to a block leave status before, during, or after a parent deploys or participates in a lengthy training.

The flipped strategy allows students to have access to all instruction from any location because it is all on the website. In the past two years, catching up on missed work is much less stressful because students and parents have access to the information all the time. I encourage students to take ownership of their learning, and when students are gone, they understand it is their responsibility to learn the information. The students recognize the importance of the learning instead of simply “completing the work.”

The “homework” I assign is for students to watch lecture videos online and take notes. The parents have commented that this is much less intimidating for them. The parents can learn and discuss the video with their student. I can also use the videos to help fill in background information or skills that a student may have missed due to moving in the middle of a year from one duty station to the another.


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What ‘Flipped’ Classrooms Can (and Can’t) Do for Education

Teachers across the country are flipping their classrooms using online video instruction or DVDs of lessons to reverse what students have traditionally done in the classroom and at home to learn.


If you let the Internet deliver your lecture, you can spend more time in the classroom really teaching your students.

  • Turning Your Classroom Inside Out