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February 10, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
A Flipped Classroom Approach to Math
As a student and a teacher, I have often lamented the fact that a teacher’s time with students is spent explaining the same new content to a large class. Students who catch on quickly find their minds begin to wander as they wait for the class to move forward, and students who would benefit from a little more time spent on a subject feel pressured to move on before they’re ready. In the end, neither student is able to get the one-on-one attention they need. After the lecture is over and it’s time to practice what they were just taught by doing homework, they are left to struggle with this information alone.
Thanks to technology and the freedom that homeschooling offers to do things differently, we can do something called a “flipped classroom.” Students can watch videos at home on their own. They can watch the videos at their own pace, stopping the videos to try out a problem or go back to listen again (and again, and again, and again at times) if they didn’t quite catch what was being said. Then they can come to class and work on problems and (basically do their “homework”) with the teacher present. This frees up teachers to spend their time with students working through problems and misunderstandings.
The flipped classroom setup will allow for students at various levels of mathematics to come together in one class and get the help they need. In other words, they can be at any level of pre-algebra, algebra, calculus, etc. and be in this class because the students will be working independently and I will be there to guide them and answer questions.
We will mostly be using Khan Academy, although I will supplement with some videos of my own as needed.