Flipped learning transforms school into a student-centered environment

SUCCESS STORY

Flipped learning transforms school into a student-centered environment

Revere High School, Revere, Massachusetts

FlippedLearning-740x740An exciting transformation is taking place in the classrooms of Revere High School (RHS) outside of Boston. Under the leadership of Dr. Lourenço Garcia, RHS is implementing student-centered learning throughout the school. It is too early to measure the full impact of this transformation, but preliminary results indicate that student engagement and academic indicators are improving.

The multi-year initiative began in 2011 with the implementation of Freshman and Newcomers’ Academies to address the needs of potentially vulnerable students; block scheduling to increase the time teachers had to delve into deeper, more engaging activities; and Professional Learning Groups to support teachers. In 2012, the school expanded its commitment to using technology in the classroom by piloting an iPad initiative and implementing flipped classrooms. The pilot was a success, and RHS extended the use of iPads and the flipped classroom model, implementing them in the rest of the school in 2013.

Teaching has changed significantly with the flipped classroom model. Charles Willis, 9th grade U.S. History teacher, explained, “My students are now at the center of the classroom. So when I plan my lessons, I consider how can I make them more accountable for their own learning and knowledge acquisition? How can I turn over some of the ownership of the class to the students and really make them part of it?”

Rather than devoting the majority of classroom time to lectures, teachers now start classes with a 20-minute summary and comprehension check, leaving 60 minutes for students to apply, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize what they have learned. In Willis’s class, that could take the form of a debate simulating the Continental Congress, with students divided into teams each representing a colony’s point of view that they learned about from a homework video.

RHS’s student-centered learning approach is having a positive impact. Attendance, a measure of student engagement, is 95 percent, and the adjusted graduation rate increased more than ten points between 2011 and 2013. English language arts, math, and science & technology test scores have also increased since 2011, although there was a slight decrease in 2014 as the state tests were updated to include more Common Core content.

Learn more about how RHS flipped classrooms to institute student-centered learning by reading the success story.