When the AP board changed its expectations for student assessment on the AP Biology exam, Brandon Herder did a flip. He flipped his classroom.
If you aren’t familiar, a flipped classroom looks different than a traditional classroom. The teacher no longer stands in front of the class leading a discussion, but instead moves content that can be front-loaded at home. I wrote about it in more detail in a recent post here
In Herder’s case, the AP Biology teacher at the Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina switched up his curriculum, giving students ways to get in deep with the material they were studying. Gone were the days of simple regurgitation of a lot of facts. Students are expected to demonstrate higher-level, critical thinking. They need to solve complicated problems, showing how they are synthesizing concepts into new ideas.
We talk about Herder’s flipped science class in today’s episode.
Herder relies on the school’s learning system, Haiku Learning, to deliver videos,