In 2011-2012, I began trialing the flipped class in the first semester and fully flipped my class during the second semester. This flipped classroom included all lesson instruction being done via video and most practice done in class. Students were required to watch the lesson, write a summary, and ask a higher-order thinking question at home. In class, students reviewed the lesson, answered their questions, and worked on practice. Activities and methods were structured, but varied based on content and throughout the week to mix things up.
The only difference between the 2010-2011 school year was the flipped classroom. All instruction, supplementary materials, quizzes, tests, practice assignments, online resources, teaching strategies, etc were identical. (Quizzes and tests had different questions, but same content and level of difficulty).
I am using a GoogleDocs Spreadsheet with formulas input to analyze my data. I have looked back into my 2010-2011 gradebook to gather the information from all tests that year. The only place that the data would be skewed is in the 2010-2011 class averages. Students who failed the test but retook it had their score "excused" (erased from the average) and input in a different category. Their original scores are no longer available. Their original grades were input in the "F" category for this data analysis piece, but their scores do not factor into the class average, making the 2010-2011 averages seem slightly higher than they actually were.
Student demographics from both years were similar in terms of number of students, grade levels of students, and general class environment for Math Analysis. Student achievement in the first semester was pretty much identical to the previous four years. There were quite a few difference in my Algebra 1 classes (many more sophomores, larger class sizes by 3-5 students, much lower 1st semester grades and scores, much lower CST scores, etc)
Math Analysis Data
Unit N Test Scores 6.9% increase in class average
Unit O Test Scores 1.5% increase in class average
Unit P Test Scores 4.2% increase in class average
Unit Q Test Scores 5.7% increase in class average
Flipping my class also changed the way I assessed my students. So, I do not have any more comparative assessments for this semester.
Unit R Test Scores (assessment was changed too much from last year to accurately compare)
Unit S Test Scores (assessment was changed too much from last year to accurately compare)
Chapter 8b Test Scores (7% class average increase)
My Goals for the Flipped Classroom
- An increase in the percentage of students receiving A's and B's on my Chapter/Unit Tests by an average of 5% over my 2010-2011 students (taught with a Traditional Classroom)
- A decrease in the percentage of students receiving F's on my Chapter/Unit Tests by an average of 5% less my 2010-2011 students (taught with a Traditional Classroom)
- An overall class average increase of 5% over my 2010-2011 students on each individual Chapter/Unit Test
- A decrease the number of homework cards students receive by 20% for the entire semester. (1st semester - 219, 230, 206 = 655 HW cards in 3 Algebra 1 classes; 113, 156 = 269 HW cards in 2 Math Analysis classes)
- A consistent decrease in the number of homework cards students receive each week as we continue through the flipped classroom model.
- Interact with every student (ALL of them) on a daily basis in at least a short math-related conversation.
- Be able to more easily and readily assess student mastery of the content on a daily basis and provide the immediate support they need to succeed.