Flipping the Classroom with the AAAS SSE STEM Volunteer program

June 27, 2013

The AAAS Senior Scientists and Engineers (SSE) STEM Volunteer program, which places scientists and engineers in K-12 classrooms in Maryland and Virginia, recently held its annual meeting at AAAS. Selected SSE volunteers highlighted their school-year experiences. A special presentation by three DC Metro area teachers introduced the “flipped classroom.”

The flipped classroom is an instructional method that is gaining traction in schools around the country. At its core, classroom flipping is an approach to teaching that reverses the traditional model: Students watch engaging videos at home and do follow-up activities ("homework") at school, where they can move at their own pace with more time for tutoring by the teacher.

In this recording, Cheri Faley, a chemistry teacher at Heritage High School in Leesburg; Maggie Wiseman, a chemistry teacher for the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington; and Kristin Koch, a seventh grade math teacher at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, talk about the benefits of flipping, its impact on the classroom dynamic, the preparation time needed to run a flipped classroom, and much more.

To lean more about the AAAS Senior Scientists and Engineers program, please visit this video about the program, this blog post about launching the program in the Seattle area, or this article about explaining the program to a new superintendent. Please also visit their website.