I recently wrote a post encouraging my readers to attend or host a flipped class open house. I believe that the best way to truly understand a flipped class is to visit one and see active, engaged classrooms where learning is the center. This event took place on February 5th, 2014 and we had a great response. We had 48 classrooms in 28 states and 5 countries who hosted a Flipped Class Open house. A class in the Dominican Republic has 24 visitors, Kathy Swanger in Ohio had 26 visitors, and in Olathe, Kansas two teachers had 20 educators stop by. These examples illustrate how much interest there is in the flipped classroom.
See below for some testimonials and press reports about the success of the event. To read more, go to the EVENT WEB PAGE.
“I had a great experience hosting an open house on Wed. Feb. 6, 2013. Two teachers from North Carolina attended and they had lots of questions and were very enthusiastic about flipping their math classrooms. The best thing was for them to see my students in action with many diverse learning experiences taking place in the room because they had learned the material before coming to class on-line. The kids loved having guests and they shared freely about how much they loved the classroom environment now that it isn’t ”lecture.” I wish more teachers and administrators could see the good things possible with flipping learning. This was a great experience. Thanks for all the work that goes into setting up the event!” -Sherri D. Story, AP/IB Biology Instructor, King’s Fork High School Suffolk, VA
“My Flipped Class Open House was an amazing experience! To have two teachers from nearby school districts and our local newspaper representative in the classroom to watch my wonderful students was an experience I would not have had if it weren’t for your coordinated effort. Having it on Digital Learning Day was perfect! I was very humbled to hear the teachers say they will be taking some of my strategies and utilizing them as they continue to improve their flipped learning environments. Thanks again for your time and energies in organizing yesterday.” -Dr. Katherine Everett, NBCT, James Lick High School, San Jose, California
Press from the 2014 Open Houses
Celebrating Digital Learning Day at Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA with chemistry teacher Kim Duncan.
Troy Faulkner at Byron High School (MN) opened the doors on Wednesday to allow educators to see how flipped learning works.
Phoenix High (GA) teacher Pasha Souvorin teaches a lesson on video production during his self-paced class using the flipped classroom model.
Alicia Pepe, a 5th grade teacher at Lone Tree Elementary School in Denver CO, is one of the teachers who made the change to flipped learning.
The students in Cody Anderson’s AP Chemistry class at Anacortes High School in WA rarely do their homework at home. He saw an overall improvement rate of 15 percent in his students. Some of them, the ones whose grades generally suffered because they didn’t turn in homework, saw a 30 percent rise in their grades.
Dennis Burkett’s advanced placement chemistry class begins already in progress — so it seems. Many of his students had already absorbed his “lecture.” They watched that online at home or wherever. The teacher takes a moment to scrawl with a marker on the old-school white board at the front of the class just to reinforce some ideas that he knows from their digital feedback need reinforcing. And then he sets them loose.
Educators and visitors to Southern Door Middle School were given the chance to see a “flipped classroom” in action on Feb. 5. The presentation and classroom visit were held on Digital Learning Day, an open house that promotes how teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.