As I continue to work with middle and high school math teachers regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, one of the most difficult concepts for many to grasp is “how” to use the flipped classroom design or structure lessons that are inquiry-based, project-based, or problem-based.
As I have said before, very few teachers in the classroom today have experienced inquiry-based mathematics instruction — not as students, not as prospective teachers, and not as classroom teachers. Teachers have said to me, “I want to do this, but I don’t know how. If someone can just show me how, then I will do it.”
Today, I had the opportunity to work with Cheryl Rhea, an exceptional math teacher from Hickory High School, who shared these two videos on inquiry-based math instruction she found on the Teaching Channel. I think they provide a good source to start some initial conversations about how math instruction needs to look and about how we get from where we are now to where we need to go.
Using Stations to Explore Algebra Expressions
How Many Peas Fill the Classroom
We have all heard that our 21st century students need hands-on, interactive experiences. Teachers today are being asked to teach in ways that they were not taught — with technology that is brand new and often unfamiliar. How exciting…..and scary…all at the same time.
One controversial method of building in more hands-on class time is called the Flipped Classroom Model. The major difference in this model and traditional instruction is that teachers videotape lectures they would generally provide in class, and students access them online as homework. This trend, although not new, is gaining popularity with teachers who are thinking outside the box to find ways to preserve instructional time for students to explore, collaborate, create, build, and experience the curriculum.
Check out Aaron Sams’ classroom as he explains why he flipped his classroom. Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann were early adopters of the flipped classroom. Both Sams and Bergmann currently teach in Woodland Park High School in Colorado. They are writing a book about the Flipped Class.
Learn more about Aaron and Jonathan’s philosophies and how their flipped classrooms came to be by clicking here.
Read the latest article here from Ed Week about the flipped classroom: Lectures are Homework in Schools Taking Khan Academy Lead
Want to learn more about The Flipped Classroom? Click here!