Innovation in Education: Meet Mike Dunlap
Mike Dunlap has worked in the Loveland City School District 13 years; he currently teaches science at Loveland High School (LHS).
Although his specialty is science, he has become a master of electronic communications. Each week, he delivers his class lectures in front of a flip camera then posts the recorded lessons onto a website he created for his students to access. The homework assignment is simple: watch the lecture before attending class. Once in class, Dunlap works on what would have been traditional homework questions with students so they can work out problems together. This is a process known as “flipping the classroom.”
“It was actually originally developed by a high school science teacher,” said Dunlap. “I discovered it because I was seeing my students struggle with the homework assignments, and I wanted to find a way to use technology to my advantage as a benefit for my kids, so I did research online.
“The students were initially nervous about this flipped order, but once they began the process they were overwhelmingly positive in their response to this. This flipped classroom schedule provides me a full hour and a half to work with the students on what they need help on.”
Dunlap divides the class into small groups and the teams work on the science applications together.
“I was concerned about some of my students falling behind – that was the real motivating factor,” said Dunlap. “I started this last spring, and in just one year I have seen the class grade average go up. I’m very pleased so far with the results.”