The Final Countdown To...

Friday, November 9, 2012

Flipped Classroom - Era of Good Feelings

What is the flipped classroom?

It’s called “the flipped classroom.” While there is no one model, the core idea is to flip the common instructional approach: With teacher-created videos and interactive lessons, instruction that used to occur in class is now accessed at home, in advance of class. Class becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning. Most importantly, all aspects of instruction can be rethought to best maximize the scarcest learning resource—time.  This is my goal for the first part of Unit 5.  We'll see how things go.  From there, this may be adopted as one of our instructional strategies to help learners (yes, you the students) in preparing for APUSH class, and the APUSH exam in May.

Use these resources to prepare for class (A day, 11/13, B day, 11/14). The class will be spent analyzing and evaluating this era.  Take notes on each in whatever format works best for you. 

Be sure to relate EACH topic to the concept of NATIONALISM (the idea that the American people should put NATIONAL ideals ahead of personal, state, or party ideals. It is a devotion to one's country, excluding differences caused by the dependencies of the term's meaning upon context, geography and philosophy.).  One way might be to divide a sheet of paper into four square sections, and do mini outlines in each.  Another strategy would be to use a post-it or notecard to outline each topic.  Regardless, all are significant in discussing the end of Chapter 12, and moving forward in the coming units.