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After 12 years as principal of Clintondale High School, Greg Green had a bad feeling: He knew his school was failing its students.
Especially the at-risk ones. Only 63% of the kids at Clintondale went on to college, and 35% didn’t even make it though high school. It was rated as one of the worst schools in Michigan.
He and his staff had tried everything they could with the school’s limited resources. Nothing worked.
But he had an out-of-the-box idea.
Green is also a coach. To get the most out of the time he had with his players, he’d been making them videos to watch at home so they could see what they were doing wrong and how they could improve.
At practice, he found that after they’d watched the videos, they’d already processed what was going on and made the necessary corrections.
What if academic classes operated the same way, with kids prepping in advance by watching videos online at home or in the school library, and then doing their work in school, during the day, with teachers on hand to assist?
Could that actually work?
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Here’s what a high school day is like these days.
That’s a 10-hour day — every day.
Oh yeah, there’s also extracurricular activities like sports, music lessons, and so on.
Kids have to process and internalize what they’ve been taught during the day at night, after they’ve already put in what would be a full workday for adults. And they have to work out everything by themselves.
So Clintondale decided to try flipping a classroom.
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