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New Guide Walks Teachers Through Flipping the Classroom

ISTE and ASCD have released a new guide for educators and administrators looking to "flip" their classrooms. The flipped classroom is a relatively new teaching model, where lectures become homework and traditional homework becomes classwork.

Teachers and administrators interested in learning how to create a flipped classroom can now read a new guidebook to help with the transition. Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, explains the rationale behind the flipped classroom and provides practical guidance for setting one up.

The flipped classroom is a relatively new teaching model, where lectures become homework and traditional homework becomes classwork. Students watch video lectures at home, while teacher is there to help those students understand the material as they work on assignments. The flipped-mastery model takes the flipped classroom a step further and enables students to work through content at their own pace.

Bergmann and Sams are high school science teachers who created their own flipped classroom five years ago and found that their students developed a deeper understanding of the material as a result. Their nine-chapter, 112-page book starts with their own story of creating a flipped classroom. It then makes the case for the flipped classroom and flipped-mastery classroom and provides practical information about how to implement both types, including how to record and publish video lectures that students will love. According to information released by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and ASCD, the book is "intentionally brief so it can be easily read and absorbed over the course of a night or weekend."

Bergmann won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2002, and Sams won it in 2009. Bergmann is also a National Board Certified Teacher. Bergmann and Sams both teach science at Woodland Park High School in Colorado.

Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day is available now for order from ISTE and ASCD.

ISTE and ASCD will also be holding two free Flip Your Classroom webinars hosted by Bergmann and Sams. Part 1 will cover techniques of the flipped classroom and will take place June 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Part 2 will cover the flipped-mastery classroom and will take place Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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