“Flipped Classroom is a different mindset, but a very powerful one”: Confessions of a Flipped Learning Pioneer

Posted on January 30, 2015
By KCELT Team

Flipped Learning is a new and exciting method that allows teachers and instructors to achieve students success. More and more educators around the country are talking about its benefits. This story is part of a series of posts that showcase how this method is helping to achieve student success at Kirkwood Community College.

“Education is not about throwing a bunch of content to students. It’s about them engaging in very difficult concepts using their imagination, their creativity, their problem solving skill to attack a problem”, said Melissa Soto, math teacher. Her passion and commitment for Kirkwood and student success took her in a journey where her and her students learned new things about not only math, but also about themselves.

During the video, she reflected about her motivations to embrace flipped learning: “I wanted to reach all my students and I wasn’t reaching all of them”. Melissa also expressed openly why she decided to take this path: “The reason I decided to implement this flipped model was because my lecturing was not working”, she said. Putting all her doubts and fears behind, she decided to get out of her comfort zone and try something new.

 

 

There is no doubt that Melissa had an impact on her students. In this video, Miranda and Kelsy, both Melissa’s former students, shared their impressions about Melissa’s class.

 

 

Melissa’s story is like any other story of success at Kirkwood. We believe sharing these stories will inspire the members of our Kirkwood’s family. Do you have a story to share? Please contact Jeremy Slagoski (jeremy.slagoski@kirkwood.edu), Instructional Designer at KCELT to share it.

If you want to learn more about flipped learning, or you want to work on a project related to it, please contact Wilson Rojas (wilson.rojas@kirkwood.edu), Instructional Designer at KCELT.

 

2 thoughts on ““Flipped Classroom is a different mindset, but a very powerful one”: Confessions of a Flipped Learning Pioneer

  1. Nicole Forsythe says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful videos, KCELT! I really enjoyed hearing from the students. Sometimes in all this pedagogy I long to hear how the students themselves are engaged. Keep up the great work, team!

  2. Thanks, Nicole! We appreciate your comments and support of our blog. There is a new post where Interior Design students talk about all the great things they are doing. Check it out!

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