A Vanguard Alumna Makes Her Mark in the Classroom Using A New “Flipped” Method

Would you rather do homework at home or at school?

A new method of teaching allows students to watch lectures at home and do the traditional homework in the classroom. One Vanguard alumna represented this “Flipped Learning” Method on Southern California Public Radio’s AirTalk on February 20.

A graduate of Vanguard University’s Education programs for her undergraduate and graduate work, Crystal Kirch ’06 MA ’10 started teaching mathematics at Segerstrom Fundamental High School in Santa Ana.  For the past two years, she has used the “Flipped Learning” method to run her classrooms.

Describing the positive attributes of the method, Kirch said: “Because I am not up front talking the whole period, we’re really able to learn at a deeper level, and I’m definitely able to differentiate more in the classroom.” The flexibility of the method allows Kirch to differentiate between each student’s learning curve, which enables her to provide more for their individual needs, she said.

Because of her experience, AirTalk invited Kirch as a guest for the show to share her classroom’s interactions with the method. Kirch’s interview followed two other gentlemen who shared their opposing views. One was Aaron Sams, who co-authored the book “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day” and is the chair of the Flipped Learning Network. The other was Gary S. Stager, Ph.D., who writes an education column for the Huffington Post.

As a leading supporter of the method, Sams said he wants students to get away from just content and start being able to apply what they learn. Following Sams’ starting statements, Stager detailed his three main concerns with the method and stated that in the long run it will create a “less personal, more standardized” learning environment in schools.

Being an active participant in the method, Kirch spoke to its ability to open doors for more personal interactions and individualized learning. Working with the “Flipped Learning” method, this Vanguard alum makes a difference everyday.

To listen to the AirTalk show, visit the webpage by clicking here.

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