Repurposing Class Time: The Flipped Classroom Model

Troy Huber, Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor, Leah A. Nillas

Research output: Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research


When teaching secondary mathematics, teachers face the challenge of engaging students in the content. Bergmann and Sams (2012) proposed the flipped classroom as a method of engaging students through the repurposing of time spent in class. The flipped approach modifies traditional instruction as students use online video resources to prepare for class and in-class time is devoted to problem-solving activities and facilitating individual instruction. This self-study sought to explore the effectiveness of the flipped classroom on students’ learning, motivation, and engagement. Lesson plans, field notes, and students’ exits slip and survey responses were collected from three Honors Geometry classes to investigate learning within the flipped classroom. Findings indicated that the flipped approach engages students in active learning and discovery, increases students’ vocabulary development, and fosters independent mathematical thinking. The students responded well to this instructional strategy and demonstrated an increase in cognitive engagement and understanding using this approach.

Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 8 2017


  • Education

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