One Innovation Enhancing Learning

Karl Fisch keeps an excellent blog and is the co-author of the video “Shift Happens”. He’s experimenting with flipping homework and classwork in his math class, and it’s making a difference already (read Fisch’s early observations here). A couple of my math colleagues are finding this works as well, and their comments are the subject of a future blog post here.

For now, Daniel Pink offers Kudos to Fisch for doing something we all find challenging: innovating. Note that innovation doesn’t mean you’re the first to do something, rather, innovation is about taking an idea and doing it for the first time yourself. Trying something new is a great way to learn what works and what doesn’t, and we need plenty more of it in education.

Fisch also has a day job — at Arapahoe High School, near Denver. This year, in addition to his other duties, he’s begun teaching algebra to 9th and 10th graders. And he’s taken a novel approach: Instead of lecturing during class time and assigning problems as homework, he’s flipped the sequence. He now records lectures on video and puts them on YouTube for the students to watch at home at night. Then spends class time working on problems with students.Read more at www.danpink.com

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