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Flipped learning pioneer, Taiwan professor visit Creekside

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A pioneer of the flipped learning education movement visited Creekside Middle School this week to observe students using the methods in math and social studies classes.

Flipped learning is a philosophy of providing students with instruction lessons, often in video, outside of the classroom, while students do what would usually be considered homework in school creating an interactive classrooms for students and teachers.

Forms of flipped learning have become popular with some District 200 teachers particularly since the district has been using to 1:1 technology.

“This is my second year using flipped learning with my classes,” Creekside math teacher Susan White said. “Flipped learning has transformed everything about my classroom. Not only does it give me more time to work with my students on rigorous and higher-level thinking activities, but it gives me more time to build better relationships with them.”

Jon Bergmann, a veteran former middle school teacher and best-selling author, brought Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang, a University of Taiwan professor, to document Creekside students employing the flipped learning approach.

“What do you think of learning this way,” Bergmann asked a small group of sixth-graders.

“I like it. It’s fun. You learn more this way,” a student working through questions on his Chromebook responded.

“You know, around the world, most people kids don’t say math is ‘fun,’” Bergmann joked.

Susan White and her husband Tom White, a social studies teacher, have taken several certification courses through Flipped Learning Global Initiative. Susan White is one of the 30 founding members of the FLGI International Faculty. Tom White has become a delegate within the community as they work on creating global standards for flipped learning.

“This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of flipping my classroom.  If you were to ask my students if we should flip our classroom back to a traditional model, I am pretty sure they would protest,” Susan White said.

Bergmann said he’s advocated for and taught flipped learning all over the world including Australia, Holland, Argentina, Malaysia — even Harvard Medical School is using flipped learning concepts.

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