Simple Classroom Flipping
Mrs. Garcia's Flipped Pre Algebra Class
How I started....and why it didn't work out so well!
- Made a video, some were way too long
- Gave students fill in notes
- Discussed in class - sometimes I even re-lectured. :(
- Only focused on making and using videos and not other methods of material delivery.
- Didn't really use technology to my advantage.
- Eventually gave it up...somewhat.
Where I am now
- Making shorter videos, and sometimes not even videos but blog posts as well.
- No re-lecturing!
- Making is more of a student centered environment
- Using other videos rather than just making my own
- Not really doing fill in notes
- Making them ask a question after the video. (This has REALLY helped with mastery.)
- Spend only one day working math problems and then turn it over to them.
- Much more time to help everyone.
- If they are struggling, they can go back and watch the video
- Packets with all of the information up front (don't do like I did and get behind on videos/prezi stuff. It becomes overwhelming if you do!)
- Don't "allow" students to do math problems at home!
- Don't try to do a whole year at one time. Take it a unit or topic at a time.
- Always be prepared to revamp.
- Use a blog to tutor, give notes, or deliver other content.
A "typical" day/week in my classroom (No day is ever really "typical"!!)
- Students working together on labs or other activities
- Students asking questions and working together
- Student and teacher conferences - this was one part I wasn't sure about until I did it. It really helps because you can discuss with each individual what they need.
- Students taking quizzes online - make sure that you have a system set up for retakes.
- Students guiding their instruction.
- Some students not working, or appearing not to work, because they are already finished!
- A student centered environment! Really, it is working(except with my freshmen.)
- Students reading a blog and deciding what information is important.
Problems and Solutions
- No Wifi - LOTS of places have free Wifi!
- No computer/internet - jump drives, CD's DVDs, come early, stay late...No excuse is a good one!
- Students don't watch the video - Don't restate the material, and depending on the age of the students, don't let them watch it in class unless there is extra time.
- Students don't watch the video - assign tutorials
- Student has watched the video(or prezi or what ever else) and they are struggling with the material - allow them to re-watch and take better notes.
- Do your best not to accept excuses. I know it is difficult, but there is ALWAYS a way to solve the problems the students are having with getting their "homework" done.
Ideas and Other Things to Think About
- START SIMPLE!!!
- Maybe even start with one class or subject (keeps you from getting overwhelmed)
- Look up videos that pertain. There might be something already made that can get to the point like you would.
- There is a lot of extra work a head of time. However you have "free time" in class to help students more.
- Videos work well with math and science.
- It doesn't always have to be watching videos. There are many things students can do on their own.
- Could have students read blogs or other works then come to class for the work or review that goes with them.
- Google forms are GREAT for quizzes and formative assessments.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help!
- Don't get discouraged!
- Some units aren't for flipping..though everyone might not agree with me there.
- If you get off track and quit flipping (trust me, I've done it) don't stress! Find a way to pick it back up and move on.
- Think about flipping and paperless classrooms together.
Still not Sure?
- In class flip
- Think about a "Half Flip" - (I made this up) like notes on video and math problems in class or part of the lesson online and the rest in class.
- Check out TED Ed, YouTube, and Khan academy to see what videos they might already have.
- A "wordle" with ideas you can use rather than just a videos
- A blog that talks about how to do screen casting - use this if you don't have a iPad to make the videos
- Explain everything - how I make videos and put them on YouTube
- Educreations - another app to make videos with. You can post these to things other than youtube if you don't have access at your school
- Awesome book! I highly recommend it if you are considering flipping your classroom
- Twitter...yes, believe it or not! edutopia, TCEA, and several others are great to follow to get started. I have gotten a lot of good ideas from there.
- A Realists Guide to the Flipped Classroom - interesting read!
- An AWESOME resource for all things dealing with education.