continued “It’s been great,” said Paige Rossi, a fourth-grade teacher at Latham Ridge Elementary School. “In my classroom I had my last test on fractions. All but one student had an 85 or above. I think a lot of that has to do with Flipped Learning and learning at home.”
Rossi has been teaching for 12 years and said she has noticed a drastic change in this past year after adopting Flipped Learning. She said some of her students have made videos as well, allowing students to explain lessons in their own words to their classmates.
“It has helped tremendously. The way I think sometimes is not the same way my students are,” Rossi said.
Several teachers said Flipped Learning has allowed for better communication among teachers and students, since there is more time for hands-on activities.
Teachers were trained in use of the system over the summer. They make videos using SMART Notebook software. Cimorelli said he would like to expand the program and added it might even be a money-saver, as it could be the basis for online courses in summer school or senior electives.
Flipped Learning might not work in every instance, Cimorelli said, and he referred to it as “blended learning.” He said traditional class is still necessary and is aware that there will be teachers who are not on board with the new technology.
For the teachers who have been trained with Flipped Learning, however, they said they understand its importance and how kids are changing.
“These are the lives they are living right now. They are very technology-based. We want to go with that, instead of against it,” said Jen Scism, a sixth-grade teacher at Blue Creek Elementary School.