The History of Flipped Learning in District 834

In 2011, six fifth-grade teachers from five different elementary schools participated in a pilot project called “Flipped Math Classroom.” During the pilot phase which ended in January, 2012, assessments were gathered from students, parents, teachers, and standardized tests in order to decide whether or not Flipped Math Classroom should continue.

The teachers in the pilot project participated in a four-day summer institute where they learned about the various components and techniques of flipped classroom.  They learned how to create instructional videos, how to manage and share these video resources, how to create online quizzes, and how to design meaningful classroom activities and experiences.

At the end of the pilot phase, the assessments were examined.  Although students shared a variety of reactions to flipped classroom, most were positive.  All of the participating teachers wanted to continue flipping their math classes.  Parents overwhelmingly reported in a survey that they thought their children were doing better in math than in the past, enjoyed math more, and wanted their children to continue with the flipped classroom approach.

Results from standardized tests in September and January were compared with 6 control classrooms.  Although there was no statistical difference in scores between the flipped classes and the control classes, the flipped classrooms ended up about 2 weeks ahead on the pacing calendar.  In other words, with no sacrifice in performance, students in the flipped classes covered more of the curriculum in the same amount of time.

In March, 2012, the Stillwater Board of Education approved an expansion of the flipped classrooms.  Flipped Math Classroom expanded from six fifth-grade classes to twenty five classes in grades 4, 5, and 6.  These new flipped teachers participated in a Winter Institute and began Flipped Math Classroom in the spring.  By summer of 2012, a few other teachers at the high school, junior high schools and elementary schools began planning for flipped classroom in math and science content areas.