Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day

Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

2.21.2014

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Jonathan Bergmann has taught high school science for 25 years. In 2002, Jon received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching; and in 2010, he was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year. He serves on the advisory board for TED-Education. In 2013 he, along with Aaron Sams was one of Tech & Learning’s 10 Most Influential of 2013.   He serves on the advisory board for TED-Education. In 2014 he, along with Aaron Sams, are nominees for the Brock International Prize for Education.

Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee. He frequently speaks and conducts workshops on educational uses of screencasts and the flipped classroom concept.

Bergmann and Sams observed that students need their teachers to answer questions and provide help when the students get stuck on assignments, and not for the actual presentation of lectures. They decided to “flip the classroom” and had students watch recorded lectures for homework and complete assignments, labs, and tests in class while their teacher was present to assist them. The students demonstrated a deeper understanding of the material than ever before. The flipped classroom was recently named as one of the six key trends in higher education by the Horizon Report.