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'FLIPPED' CLASSROOMS BASED ON SHORT VIDEOS, LONG DISCUSSIONS

Science teacher Vance Kite spent most of the 90-minute lesson on genetic mutations at City of Medicine Academy circulating the room, talking to students, answering their questions and drawing diagrams of chromosomes. Absent from this Advanced Placement biology class was a formal lecture. Students arrived in class already having watched Kite's graphics-rich genetics lecture online.This is the second year Kite has "flipped" his AP biology class. Students watch his recorded 10-minute lectures for homework, and class time is devoted to discussion, questions and experiments. Flipping classrooms is a growing national trend in public schools and universities, even though extensive evidence that this teaching method is more effective than traditional lecturing is sparse.