Flipped Instruction Part 1

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Flipped Instruction Part 1

Shared By Laurie Kimbrel   /     Nov 20, 2015  /     Blog, Laurie Kimbrel, Laurie Kimbrel Superintendent, Laurie Kimbrel Tamalpais  /     , ,

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In the traditional classroom model, students listen to a teacher lecture, then are assigned work to complete at home. The flipped-instruction model reverses this, so students listen to or watch lessons at home before class, then work on assignments and projects in class with the guidance of an instructor to reinforce what they have already learned. There is no one right way to flip a class—each teacher, and classroom, may require different methods.

In practical terms this means the dissemination of information can take several forms: online content, whether podcasts or video, collaborative discussions, and text-based research. Often lectures are viewed or listened to at home by the students who then complete assignments and projects in-class, with the help of the teacher. It is a change from being teacher-focused to being learner-focused, with the added intention for the student to take more responsibility for his or her learning.

There are several benefits of flipped instruction:

  • Students acquire deeper knowledge—as a result of more interaction around the content, as well as giving and getting feedback from the teacher and other learners, students gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter
  • Students participate actively—rather than be passive consumers of the instructor’s information, students are engaged in their own learning
  • Students interact with and learn from each other—students work with each other to build a community of learning that includes peer support and tutoring
  • Students get and give more feedback—with increased peer interaction, as well as guidance from the teacher, students receive more feedback, which helps identify possibly overlooked gaps in their knowledge base

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    The current project manager for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, Laurie Kimbrel is an educator with many years’ experience. Before undertaking this position in 2015, Kimbrel served as Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, where she oversaw 4,200 students, 435 staff members, and managed a $63 million budget. Among other achievements under Laurie Kimbrel’s tenure, the district implemented a leadership model that formed Professional Learning Communities designed to augment teacher effectiveness through shared assessment data.

    Kimbrel holds a bachelor of science in music and business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also received a master of science in special education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and completed her education with leadership-based doctoral studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

    Dedicated to her community, Laurie Kimbrel is a hospice volunteer and works with nonprofits aimed at ensuring every child has access to great teachers and schools. She is also passionate about education reform and champions efforts to bring about effective hiring practices in schools.

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    Loyola University Chicago - Doctorate, Curriculum & Instruction

    National Louis University, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership

    Dominican University, Master of Science, Special Education

    Millikin University, Bachelor of Science, Music and Business

    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

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