When we think of the word flip, we might picture our favorite summertime shoe, doing front and backflips off a diving board, or ‘flipping’ a house for an investment. But what is flipped learning? And why is it being discussed at Williamsburg Christian Academy?
More than a decade ago, high school teachers, Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, pioneered the flipped learning model which uses technology to provide the initial exposure of new concepts in video form for homework and reserves the higher level of cognitive work for the classroom with teacher and peer support. In the traditional classroom, teachers introduce concepts through a lecture format that consumes classroom time, leaving students to work on the high levels of cognitive and difficult tasks at home without teacher support. Bergman and Sams identified difficulties with the traditional model citing low student engagement and productivity, along with limited time with students. Students absent for illness and extracurricular activities added to the frustration. These students lag behind others, missing the lecture portion of the instruction. Not ones to continue the status quo, Bergmann and Sams developed the flipped classroom. Positive results were quickly observed as students embraced this method, growing confident and successful. They were motivated to apply, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize knowledge when working in the classroom with teachers and peers. This evidence-based approach is fully accepted by educational experts worldwide.
Consider these reasons why Williamsburg Christian Academy parents are excited about flipped learning:
During the pandemic season, Williamsburg Christian Academy educators extensively used technology and refined their instructional skills to heighten learning for students. This dedicated work easily springboards into the flipped learning model. Recently Williamsburg Christian Academy invested in a learning management software called Brightspace which makes video creation simple for teachers and viewing lessons easy for students. This model is highly appropriate for K4-12th grade students and reflects the developmental needs of all learners.
We’ve included a video below where Marketing and Admissions Ambassador Michelle Flanagan describes Flipped Learning.