Ridgefield math teacher flips classroom to improve learning

Nam Nugyen, a math teacher at View Ridge Middle School, records class lectures for students to watch as homework so they can learn more in class sessions by flipping traditional classroom concepts on their head.

Nguyen introduced the Flipped Classroom concept to his math classes in the 2012-13 school year. Instead of lecturing to students during class time, he records lectures for his students to watch after school as homework while completing a Watch, Summarize, and Question worksheet (WSQ) or “wisk sheet” to help them pay attention. At the beginning of class the next day, Nguyen ensures students watched the video by providing a “starter” or quiz on the material. Following the starter, he guides students through more in-depth practice material while students discuss the concepts they observed the night before.

Students who failed to watch the video can watch on in-class computers before school, during lunch, or during class when other students work on the day’s activities. In addition, Nguyen provides DVDs of the videos for students without computers or limited internet access at home.

The new approach gives students more time to investigate the coursework thoroughly.

Read the entire article on The Reflector at http://www.thereflector.com/news/article_c75e6692-03a8-11e3-aeb4-001a4bcf887a.html

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