Floden advocates for schools’ “flip” strategy
Students at Clintondale High School are participating in the nation’s first ever school-wide “flipped” classroom model —and passing their classes at an alarmingly increasing rate.
This radical yet successful method literally “flips” traditional learning upside down, as students learn lessons at home by watching short online videos, and then complete their homework in class with teacher guidance. The plan has already yielded drastic results; last year, while only 48 percent of students passed their English classes, a whopping 81 percent of students passed them this year. Similar trends can be seen in math, science and social studies.
Robert Floden, director of the Education Policy Center at the MSU College of Education, says that the flipped model has promise in a K-12 setting, but only if it’s replacing classrooms where teachers are mostly lecturing. He also added that many colleges have used similar methods, and that researchers have found that students in a physics class maintained a deeper understanding of the content.