In an EdSurge article, author Peter D. Lenn describes how the flipped classroom model was first tried out 40 years ago by the U.S. Army, with success. The author was involved in a lead contractor in that effort, and subsequently in adapting the model to high school teaching. He describes how the principal ingredients of these successful flipped classroom models were: 1) in-class learning by doing (“memorizing, drilling with questions or flashcards, solving problems and writing essays and papers”); 2) teaching principally by helping “individual students, one at a time, mostly when asked by the student”; and 3) competence-based progression. In the case of the Army’s training, it wasn’t practical to give trainees video-based homework, so these (as well as rote memorization homework) were done in class rather than at home.
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