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My son is a high school sophomore taking chemistry this semester. It is being taught in a "Flipped Classroom". This means that the lessons are available on video, which students can view anytime and anywhere. Taking notes during the video lesson is given as "homework". Class time is used for active learning in small groups, practice, problem solving, labs etc., with the teacher circulating and interacting one on one and with the small groups. The advantages of this method are stated as: lessons can be reviewed as often as necessary if a student is struggling with a concept; more class time is available for active discussion, experimenting, problem solving with teacher support rather than passive listening; teacher can spend more individual time and/or in areas targeted to students' needs. All this sounds great, but I am highly suspicious of any "newfangled" educational idea, since most end up being detrimental (e.g. Whole Language, New Math, Common Core). Are you familiar with this teaching method? Is it really as good as it sounds? The teacher has a good reputation with both students and parents, and so far, my son likes learning this way, but I don't want to be lulled into a false sense of security....

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