Flipping the classroom – and the results

Imagine a classroom where one teacher is able to give every student individual instruction to help meet academic needs and build on each student’s interests. Imagine a school where students don’t fall through the cracks and parents actively participate in their children’s education. Imagine homes and classrooms where children learn material at their own pace instead of the pace of the “average” student in their class.

All of this is happening in ClintonTownship, Mich.– a suburb of Detroit– thanks to innovative leaders at Clintondale High School. What are the results? Since 2010, the school has reduced failure rates for a class of 140 students by a third in both math and language arts.

How is the school achieving these results? By flipping classrooms upside down – not literally, of course, but flipping how they traditionally work. 

In a flipped classroom, the role of the classroom and the home are reversed: Children study lectures and material at home and then review and apply the material at school.

At Clintondale, the best teachers record lectures that students view online at home. Students can move forward or stop, rewind and review material at their own pace. In class, students work to solve complex problems with a collaborative learning group of their peers and, when needed, their teacher’s help.

This approach allows teachers to provide more help on an individual or group basis, rather than trying to manage the whole class, as students discuss, practice, apply and ask questions about what they learn at home.

Watch this video to learn more about flipped classrooms and how they are changing learning at Clintondale:


In this video, you can see how flipping eighth-grade math classes in Raleigh, N.C., has helped the students and teacher:


Flipped classrooms are just one example of many models that use digital learning to improve education for children in Utah and the U.S. Utah schools should do all they can to incorporate these innovative technologies and approaches into their instruction so each child can receive the highest-quality, most personalized education possible.