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The Flipped Classroom: A Student's Perspective

Jon Bergmann and Kaitie Bergmann

This article is being cross-published and was originally a post at

We know how critical the dialogue between the teacher and the student is, and how easily communication can be a breakthrough or a breakdown in the success for the students. The relationship between how the educator conducts class time and homework is a complicated algorithm, depending on precision and reasoning. I’ve had a blog on flipped learning for quite some time, but recently I asked guest bloggers to offer a range of different voices. One voice we don’t often hear from is the student perspective so I asked my daughter, who often co-presents with me, to write a blog from her perspective. Below is her unique take on flipped learning.

What is flipped learning, you may ask. It is where learning is personalized to the student and students take ownership of their learning. Thus it makes perfect sense to bring in the student perspective to keep the flipped conversation going. So I’d like to introduce my daughter, Kaitie Bergmann. Have a look at what she has to say.

Woodland Park High School student listening to a podcast.

"I found my years in a flipped class environment to be more to me than just a chemistry class. I learned so much more than chemical equations and plate tectonics. I learned how to learn. While I was a student at the Woodland Park High School, in Colorado, I took two flipped classes. I was in honors freshman earth and space science and then my sophomore year I took flipped chemistry. I’m lucky to have a sense of both the flipped and traditional classrooms to see how much I have taken from the experience.

"For the first time ever I had the ability to 'pause the teacher' while watching the lectures online. Working on my own timetable allowed me to explore learning styles and techniques, and to hone in on the way that I learn best. The tailorability of the flipped classroom was cool as well because I saw my peers learning in their own style (for example, watching the videos at two times the speed when they got it, or conversely watching the videos multiple times) and excelling in the class.

"One of the coolest things that came out of the flipped-mastery classroom for me was the ability to step up and take responsibility for my own learning at a pace that worked for me. I got to choose when to listen to a lecture, decide what was the best use of my class time, such as conducting a lab, doing a worksheet, asking for help, or working in a small group, and then work towards the weekly stated goals.

Woodland Park High School students working in a flipped-mastery classroom.

"Another reason I enjoy the flipped class so much is the stress-free environment it creates. I cannot remember a time when I was stressed out about my flipped chemistry classes. I most definitely have been stressed about other classes that are not taught in the flipped classroom model, and I looked forward to my flipped class. I always knew I could get the help I needed, take the tests multiple times, and I knew what I needed to complete and learn by the end of the week. I see so many students in high school who stress way too much and I think that the flipped classroom can be part of the answer to that overload of homework-related stress. 

"The bottom line is that I learned in the flipped classroom. And the learning that occurred helped me get through many classes in high school, simply by learning how to learn. I hope that you enjoyed hearing from a student as much as I enjoyed sharing. I’m going to send this back over to my dad for his final thoughts."

And there you have it. Students of every grade level and all subject areas are energized by the concept of flipped learning.

A great resource to check out when flipping your classroom is the Twig video series available through Carolina Science Online™. For a FREE 30-day trial, simply visit

Jon (educator, author, and flipped learning pioneer) and Kaitie Bergmann (college freshman starting fall 2013) present on the roles of teacher and student in a flipped classroom. Continue the conversation at the Flipped Learning Network™ Ning, a free community of learning with over 11,000 members taking on flipped learning. Carolina Biological Supply Company is a proud sponsor of the Flipped Learning Network™, helping teachers across the country to improve student achievement in the area of science.