Tuesday, December 30, 2014

So...you're READY to flip?

In my previous post, I brainstormed questions that teachers could ask when they are beginning to set up a flipped classroom. Below are some questions to brainstorm when you are ready to take the leap!

Which students have access at home?   Which students do NOT have access at home?
(Students will need a working device and working internet)

Do you have students with special circumstances? (Shared Parenting, etc.)

How will students watch the video if they do not have access at home?

What will the students who watched the video do while the other students ‘make up’ the missed video?

What do students need to have with them while the watch the video? (pencil, notebook, guided notes, etc.)

Now that some of your instruction is online, how will your class time change?

Here are some suggestions when you're ready to implement flipped instruction:

Talk to your principal and explain your plan. Explain how your instruction, formative assessment and student communication will all change.

Send home a letter to the parents explaining the benefits of flipped instruction. Examples:

Parents can watch the flipped videos with their child.
Students can watch videos even when they are absent.
Students can watch archived videos for review.
Students get immediate feedback.

In the letter, explain your expectation for students who have a working device and internet at home.  (Ex. students complete the approximate __ (ex. ten) minute homework assignment ____ (ex. Monday- Thursday). If the device/internet is not working, please write a note in the agenda.

For students who do not have a device or access, students will complete review math homework nightly and watch the videos in class. The nightly review homework should take approximately __ (ex. ten) minutes and will be assigned ____ (ex. Monday- Thursday).

Be sure to have the parents sign the letter and mark if they have or do not have a working device and internet students can use at home.

Introduce the idea of the flipped classroom to the students. Explain the benefits to them. In future years, bring previous students back to give a student perspective.  

ASK THE STUDENTS FOR INPUT AND FEEDBACK: Tell them that you’re taking a risk and you would love THEIR feedback. Make them feel a part of the learning process too. Once a week I try to assign a 'student created flipped video' and the kids are constantly begging to be the featured teacher!

I hope these questions and suggestions help you if you're considering flipping. In the next three posts you can find information on:

Thanks for reading!

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