The SAE School uses the Flipped Classroom as a key instructional method, especially in the Lower School (3rd-5th grade), Upper School (6th-8th grade) and High School (9th-12th grade). Flipped classrooms invert the traditional use of classroom time for lectures and instruction with the traditional non-classroom time for homework and activities.
Students watch video lectures during traditional homework time, often supplemented with group chats with instructors or fellow students. Students are encouraged to write down questions after reviewing video lessons, which allows for personal teacher follow up and discussions. During class time, the teacher is able to jump into a practical application of student knowledge and mastery.
The Flipped Classroom increases interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers with a blend of constructivist learning and direct instruction that fosters an environment where students take responsibility for their own academic success.
Another distinct advantage of the Flipped Classroom is that when students are absent because of illness or extracurricular activity, they are not left behind. Class content is permanently archived for review or remediation as needed. In a Flipped Classroom, all students receive personalized instruction and remain engaged in their learning.