The Madeira SchooL,McLean VA
At this private, all-girls boarding and day school outside Washington, D.C., teacher Wendy Roshan was initially skeptical about flipping the classroom for her AP Calculus students. Her daughter, Stacey, a math teacher at another school, convinced her mother to try it. “I had lectured all my life and done it the old-fashioned way,” Roshan says. “I was wary.”
But she soon saw advantages for her students, who ended up having less homework to do at home because they only had to watch a video lesson. The next day, as students worked on problems in class, Roshan helped them through the rough spots. One student who could not fit AP Calculus into her schedule was able to create an independent study, with Roshan helping her at school when she needed it. “I talk very fast, and that’s a comment I get a lot,” she says. “With a video lecture, [students] can pause it.”
“And when [students] are absent, you don’t have to catch them up,” she adds.