Greg Green was the principal of Clintondale High School, one of the lowest-performing high schools in Michigan with an average 30 percent school-wide failure rate. Students were disengaged in the learning process, which led to failing grades.

Green also served as the baseball coach at Clintondale High School. To help players improve their batting skills, he created instructional videos for students to watch outside of practice. To Green’s surprise, the quality of players’ skills improved after viewing the directional videos because they arrived at practice better prepared and informed about the sport.

Green took the same approach to the underperforming students of Clintondale and saw  positive results almost immediately. In place of traditional homework performed outside of school hours, teachers instructed students to watch videos, listen to podcasts, or consume  other content that  taught students educational concepts. The next day at school, students completed lessons during the class period based on the content they viewed the night before, and teachers were available to assist with coursework and answer questions.

Upon implementing this new instruction technique, now referred to as “flipping the classroom,” the high school’s discipline dropped 30 percent, the failure rate declined 33 percent, and the college acceptance rate increased 80 percent. Students performed better because flipping the classroom resulted in more engaged students who became motivated to make positive decisions about their futures. Green found that preloading students with educational information and allowing teachers to use class time to focus on homework helped humanize the classroom and better prepare students for their journeys after high school.

To hear more about Green’s inspiration and path to flipping the classroom, listen to the latest episode of Upgraded by Hobsons: 


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