Category archives for Research

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

“I tried Peer Instruction and it didn’t work.”   As a champion of the popular flipped learning method developed by Eric Mazur, this phrase always hits me hard when I hear it from fellow educators. And I do hear it. Over the years, I’ve run into many different accounts of experiments in innovative teaching and flipped […]

Peer Instruction For Computer Science – The Neighborhood

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD  The Neighborhood is a special  Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics.    In this post of The Neighborhood, three computer scientists who are leading the charge to transform Computer Science (CS) eduction with Peer Instruction (PI) answer common questions they […]

Peer Instruction with a Twist of Innovation and a Social Studies Teacher

In our first post of 2014, Peer Instruction Network member, Mr. George Phillip, describes how he moved from a thoughtful teacher to someone who is innovating in his social studies classroom with Flipped Teaching and Peer Instruction. While his unique twists on Peer Instruction evolved from a 5th and 6th grade classroom, they have implications […]

From Flipped Classrooms to Flipping with Peer Instruction

In a recent article on flipped learning in USA Today, Nancy Lape of Harvey Mudd College reports finding no statistical difference in students’ learning in a study comparing a “flipped” and a lecture-based classroom.  She states: “(The professors’) lives might be easier and their students might be happier if they just do a traditional class.” […]

The 2 most powerful flipped classroom tips I have learned so far

Won’t students skip my class if my lectures are available online? This is a question that comes up often in the world of higher education, where class attendance is usually not compulsory.  One fine day early Fall of 2012, I took this question with me on my walk from my office in the University of […]

A simple out-of-class assignment that could have big pay off in a flipped class

Peer Instruction Network member Claire, a K-12 English teacher from Michigan, worries that far too many of her students are falling through the cracks.  She is looking for ways to reach them.  Could student-generated questions be one possible low-threshold intervention?  This post digs into this question.  However, if you are looking for a quick protocol for student-generated questions, […]

How to measure if your students are learning in a flipped class

Peer Instruction Network member and Queens University Professor James M. Fraser  has been flipping his undergraduate physics classroom using Peer Instruction for many years. For his “outstanding knowledge, teaching ability and accessibility to students,” Fraser was awarded the 2012 Queens University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Fraser talks to Turn to Your Neighbor readers about using his training as […]

How to use Peer Instruction…in Computer Science

The image of 25 lone kids with oversized, over-the-ear headphones eschew on their heads, eyes fixed and minds fixated on their computer screens, does not accurately depict today’s computer science classrooms. There is new, and significant, reform movement afoot in computer science that aims to build deep conceptual understanding of big ideas and key computer […]

Readings to prep for flipping your classroom with Peer Instruction

It is a month before the semester starts and you want to try flipping your classroom using Peer Instruction in the Fall. You’ve read the blog posts, gone through the Quick Start Guide, now are looking to snuggle up with a good journal article or two to do a bit more in-depth preparation. Here is a […]