I have heard of genius hour, MOOC's, and the flipped classroom. I just had not studied genius hour and MOOC's very much. On the other hand, I have been looking at the flipped classroom for a while. I still believe that the flipped classroom would work the best for my students.
Tricia talked about genius hour. I am very jealous of her classroom idea and would love to be a student in it. I wish I could use genius hour with my students. I just don't see how I could make it work at the high school level. I am evaluated on teaching the curriculum I am provided and have no wiggle room. Even without adding this type of project I rarely get through the entire curriculum. Because students get credit for classes in high school I need to try my best to get through the entire curriculum. I might be able to get away with genius hour in my middles school classes, since MS students don’t get credit. It is not as big of a deal if I don’t get through the curriculum with them. I wish our curriculum was not so rigid. Maybe someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, teachers will have more freedom to teach what they think is best for the students they have.
Douglas talked about the flipped classroom which is what I am most interested in using in my classroom. The statistics he found from a school that used this model were very encouraging:
1. Increased retention of material
2. 50% ewer students were failing math and English classes
3. Fewer students were dropping out
4. 50% fewer discipline issues per semester
If these are true then what would a teacher have to lose in implementing this model in their classroom? Douglas also talked about a model a teacher at his school is going to try. Students will only come to school 2 days a week but will have work to complete outside of the classroom. Students will only come in to school to complete labs and tests. I would be interested to see how this works. I would just wonder if students would actually do things at home. I know this would be a struggle for many of the students I teach, but may work with another group that was more internally motivated. I think it would also depend on the subject area and if the student was interested in that subject.
I believe the flipped classroom offers many benefits, and there are so many variations. I am sure I could find something that would work for my situation. With all that I have read this week I am really going to make an effort to try this with one of my classes. I am thinking my earth science classes could use the biggest change. This class has the most students fail. Many are just not motivated and get stuck in this class until they either drop out or age out. I am wondering if the flipped model would provide them with more motivation?