When I first began collecting data I originally wanted to find a solution to a problem that had been terrorizing my students, math anxiety. It was apparent that students were literally scared to try math but they lacked the ability to communicate this feeling to me in any other way but, "I just don't get it!"
As I continued to research math anxiety, reading many seminal works by authors including Ashcroft (2007), Hembree (1990) and Richard (1972), I learned about concepts like cognitive load and math avoidance. Students, burdened from the increased cognitive load caused by their math anxiety, avoid situations where they have to do math, thus preventing them from ever improving their ability.
A flipped classroom, one in which students begin learning material at home and spend more time in class working with the teacher on building mastery instead of taking notes or seeing material for the first time, was one suggest method for combating math avoidance.
Through surveying I found that my students enjoyed the instruction I did in class but felt unmotivated to do work outside of class because they did not have the same level of support they received in the classroom. I decided that I would create video tutorials so that students could essentially receive quality instruction when they needed it the most, at home.
Check out my Learn More section to see how I created this video tutorials and how they impacted my student's performance.
Click the image to see and enlarged version of the infographic
What can you find in the Learn More section
Under LESSONS you can find examples of my video tutorials and more information about the flipped classroom.
Under HOW-TOs you can find tips on creating your own video tutorials and more information on making interactive learning tools for your students.
Under REFERENCES you can find links to all of the most helpful tools for innovative learners that I collected throughout my capstone project.
Under ASSESSMENT you can find the data that I collected throughout my capstone project as well as explanations of my conclusions.
Hitting the standards
The 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice listed below were created to inform what students should be doing in order to build understanding, expertise, skills and knowledge in mathematics.
Click the link to see what the National Council for Teaching Mathematics advises.
Great flipping tools
ShowMe An Ipad app that allows for easy screen and voice recording, creating and importing of slides, as well as annotation.
EdPuzzle A video hosting platform that increases student engagement by allowing instructors to edit, annotate and add quiz questions into videos.
YouTube A video hosting platform that is easily accessible to anyone with a device. Videos can easily be posted and quickly shared with classes.