While my students and I both love flipped learning I was curious to see if it was making an impact. I took data on my classes pre and post tests from last year and this year and compared it. I actually did lots of math for this since it was used for my masters research course, but I won't bore you with all the process. The main thing I found out was there was a significant difference in scores.
Now, what does that tell me? Something is working, but is it the flipping? I personally think it is. From my point of view I have never seen students so engaged and motivated during class time as I do when we do flipped learning. I think that's what is difficult about flipped learning, you can't draw a line to see where it stops. To me the model of flipped learning allows for better teaching because it allows more one on one time, differentiation at its best, group work, problem solving, and hands on activities that focus on problems students see in their real life. How can I say what it is that is improving students' scores? Is it the videos that allow them to go at their own pace? The dynamic classroom experience? The opportunity to choose whom they work with and what they work on? Is it having me more readily available to answer questions? I think it is all of this things and more.
Another benefit that I have seen since flipping my math instruction is kids are excited about coming to school. They arrive in the morning and get right to work. I have not flipped all my units because I did not see it the best fit for the content we were working with, and on those units students were literally begging to bring back the flipped class.
So, what makes students improve using this model of teaching? I don't know. But I can say that it makes every day more meaningful, exciting, and connected than before.
Mrs. K has been teaching for eight years. She has taught in three different countries and loves each one for its uniqueness.