At both the Red Gables and Devon Farm campuses the Ensworth faculty has recently incorporated a flipped classroom model, putting more accountability and responsibility in the hands of the students. This flipped classroom approach has proven to make learning at Ensworth more interactive between the students and teachers and has created a new appreciation for a valued aspect of learning at Ensworth: class discussion.
The middle school history department has really embraced the technique in their U.S. History course. Given 3-4 videos each section, students are expected to watch the videos and take notes with discussion questions as their guide in order to be prepared for Harkness-style class discussions. The advantages of having lectures posted online is that students can access these lessons at any time and can watch, rewind, and re-watch as much as they need to in order to really understand the material and prepare for class.
Giving credit to his colleague, Hayley Robb, for bringing the flipped idea to their department, J.K. Scott said that:
“When she brought it to our attention that we could and should flip lectures and skills, I jumped at the opportunity to learn and find a format that fits my teaching style and personality.”
Watch J.K.’s “The Cause of the Civil War” 3-part lesson here:
Read more about the flipped classrooms in the newest Ensights Magazine!