Monday, September 13, 2010

Lecture at Home, Discuss During the Day

I hope to give this a shot before the semester is over.

instead of lecturing about polynomials and exponents during class time – and then giving his young charges 30 problems to work on at home – Fisch has flipped the sequence. He’s recorded his lectures on video and uploaded them to YouTube for his 28 students to watch at home. Then, in class, he works with students as they solve problems and experiment with the concepts.

Lectures at night, “homework” during the day. Call it the Fisch Flip.

“When you do a standard lecture in class, and then the students go home to do the problems, some of them are lost. They spend a whole lot of time being frustrated and, even worse, doing it wrong,” Fisch told me.

“The idea behind the videos was to flip it. The students can watch it outside of class, pause it, replay it, view it several times, even mute me if they want,” says Fisch, who emphasises that he didn’t come up with the idea, nor is he the only teacher in the country giving it a try. “That allows us to work on what we used to do as homework when I’m they’re to help students and they’re there to help each other.”

1 comment:

  1. I actually LOVE this idea. Just as the article stated, I can remember countless times where I left a lecture clueless and was then expected to do homework.

    If we students could come to class ready to solve problems and use class time for solving rather than listening, I really feel more would be accomplished in a lesser amount of time.