Triumphs and Tribulations of the Flipped Classroom: A High School Teacher’s Perspective

Triumphs and Tribulations of the Flipped Classroom: A High School Teacher’s Perspective

Frederick J. Carstens, Milton Sheehan
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4987-3.ch005
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This chapter focuses on the experiences of a Social Studies teacher who has recently introduced the concept of the flipped classroom to his students at an inner city school in Buffalo, NY. Despite his technological issues and struggles with homework completion, his perseverance throughout this process provides valuable lessons for educators seeking to implement similar initiatives in their own classrooms. Ideas for improving student engagement and literacy in the flipped classroom as well as first hand accounts from his ninth grade students are discussed.
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I have been teaching ninth grade Global History and Geography at Tapestry Charter High School for the past five years. Tapestry is an Expeditionary Learning School (EL). The Expeditionary Learning model is unique in that it connects academically rigorous curriculum with real world issues and current events. As a teacher in an EL school, my students utilize case studies, projects, fieldwork and service learning as a means of learning their global history. By engaging in “learning expeditions,” students learn in authentic and meaningful ways to produce high quality work (Expeditionary Learning, 2013). EL is a great way to harness students’ curiosity about the world around them, while improving their academic skills and content knowledge through a variety of teaching methods. This year, I have expanded upon the teaching methods utilized within the Expeditionary Learning model with my attempts at using the flipped classroom approach.

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