- Students are taking responsibility for their own learning. It's a skill that must be taught, and they are getting better at it. This will help them this year, next year, and as they go off to college and get jobs.
- Students are required to do more than rote, mindless math practice problems. They have to be able to talk about it, explain it, ask questions about it, teach it to others, and make connections with other material. The conversations I have been able to have with my students this year are so much deeper, so much more detailed, and so much better overall than anything I have been able to facilitate in my five years of teaching.
- Students all have equal access to a challenging math curriculum that they can go through at their own pace and that they can always go back to (because of the video lessons). Absences due to illness, sports, or family issues are no longer a problem in my class. Do I still have plenty of absences? Yes. But they are no longer stressful for me or the student because the student can come back to school fully up to date on the lessons and just needing the extra support to tackle tough problems, not the need for me to re-teach everything they missed.
- Students are able to receive differentiated instruction based on their needs and their level of understanding. Students who learn at a slower pace or who have to hear something five times before it clicks have the opportunity to do so. Students who learn at a faster pace are able to move through the curriculum faster and tackle more challenging problems that may be skipped for the general population.
- Students learn to work with others and to challenge each other's thinking on a daily basis. There is no longer the student who sits in the corner of the room feeling helpless, embarrassed, or intimidated. Flipping my classroom has created a learning community where all are involved and all have the opportunity to succeed.
- Students are the ones doing the math in my classroom. They are not sitting there watching me do amazing math and then going home to try it themselves with no support.
- Parents love the ability to see their students actually doing math "homework" by watching the video and the relief it gives them from trying to have to keep up with and help their student with math that they don't remember how to do.
- Students are scoring higher than last year by 2-8% on each test, the percentage of students receiving A's and B's on my exams is increasing greatly, and the percentage of students receiving D's and F's on my exams is decreasing. (See Flip Data for more details)
Flip or not? I believe that whether it is flipping, tutoring or any other viable educational tool, all strategies have a place. The only “magic bullet” that I know of are teachers who are willing to teach beyond understanding to accomplish more than comprehension and create life-long learners. Those teachers who are willing to try everything to reach, teach and learn from their students will become the leaders in using the flip strategy. Their students will be the real winners.