A new type of classroom is cropping up in schools across the country, and, beginning last year, in this school: the flipped classroom. A flipped classroom is one in which students watch their teachers’ recorded lectures at home and work on experiments, labs, and problem-solving in class.
As a banner hanging in Main St. reading “Respect, Diversity, Individuality” advertises, this school community is far from homogenous. This diversity entails a wide range of religions practiced by the student body and the faculty, and each religion comes with its own dose of high holidays.
Hike mountains. Chop trees for firewood for the night. Camp overnight in the woods in two foot snow, then try to find your way back home using little more than a compass, a map, and your knowledge of the outdoors.
Speak a little Spanish, then, go to Advanced Placement (AP) United States History and do your IDs. Rinse and repeat.
As the school year picks up again, so does the accompanying stress. And for many juniors and seniors, ordinary pressures of homework and tests are supplemented by college worries: applications to write, SATs and ACTs to take, and acceptance (or rejection) letters to await.
There has been an ongoing debate in the world of education on how to create consistency in the curriculum and equity in grading while allowing for teacher freedom.