Flipped Classroom – 2/24/12

After almost two weeks off of school for “intercession” (a product of a reduced 160 school day calendar) we are finally back at it. The results from the second unit are in and they are lower than the results of the first unit. The results are shown below for the flipped class:

  • Unit 1 Test Average: 85.7%
  • Unit 2 Test Average: 80.7%

The grade distribution was as follows: 2 A’s, 9 B’s, 5 C’s, and 1 F. The high score on the exam was a 94% and the low score was a 59%.

Reflecting on the unit and talking with the students, the vast majority of them were watching most of the videos. There were a couple of students who were watching all and one student who admitted to watching none of the videos. Interestingly enough, the student that did not view any of the note videos is the student that scored a 59% on the test and the student that scored a 94% claimed to have watched all the videos. This could just be a coincidence or it could be a trend.

Looking at the results compared to last unit, there are a few variables that also need to be considered. It is very difficult to compare apples to apples as we progress throughout a semester of study and there is going to be a certain amount of variance from one test to the next. A couple of things to be considered are:

  1. The difficulty of the material was much greater for the second unit than it was for the second. In fact, there was no math at all in the first unit while there were several math topics in the second unit. Math tends to be difficult for most of the students that I have taught and the integration of math into a science context tends to cause some stress.
  2. We were under a time crunch for this unit. Due to the constraints of the calendar, this unit had to be completed in a few less class days than I have taught it in in the past.
  3. There were no big outliers (score-wise) in the data for the first test that altered the average. The 59% on the second test altered the class average by 1.2%. Without the 59% (from the student that did not viewanylessons) the class average was an 81.9%.



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