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Roosevelt teacher to promote "flipped" classrooms at TCEA

Lee DeWitt

Lee DeWitt teaches Pre-AP Physics for the ETA at Roosevelt High School.

With the growing number of teachers implementing the “flipped method” of instruction in North East ISD, it is no surprise that organizations outside the district are taking notice.  Lee DeWitt, Pre-AP Physics teacher for the ETA (Engineering and Technologies Academy) at Roosevelt High School, has been selected to present in Austin at the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Convention on flipped classrooms.

The flipped method of teaching involves “blended learning,” where students may watch video lectures at home or in class, with traditional homework completed in class, giving the teacher freedom to offer personalized instruction, instead of drawn-out lectures.

The sixteen-year teaching veteran began flipping her classroom several years ago, when Khan Academy—an online video resource tool—began producing physics based content. DeWitt took it to the next level when she discovered Sapling Learning. The educator resource incorporates a blend of various experts from a multitude of disciplines to provide online curriculum and homework, which aims to promote engagement and comprehension in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“They offer a tremendous product that allows me to assign TEKS specific questions for homework,” said DeWitt. The program gives the students feedback and guidance on the computer. “I used the program last year and had amazing success. Our STAAR scores were some of the best in the county and in the top 15% in the state, please remember these are freshmen taking an advanced physics course.”

Sapling Learning took notice of DeWitt’s successful implementation of the program and awarded her efforts with an Innovative Teaching Award. As an added bonus, James Marshall of Sapling Learning took it upon himself to submit a proposal for presentation at the TCEA Conference on behalf of DeWitt, which was then approved by the conference selection committee.  The TCEA Conference is all about innovative teaching using technology and DeWitt’s experience with Sapling is a perfect fit. The conference kicks off on Feb. 3, 2014.

Posted on October 21, 2013