The Art Classroom -Flipped

Expanding learning beyond the classroom.

Flipped Classroom

What is it? How can your class realize this? Several units to be discussed showing ways to implement this concept at any level & possible technologies. Flipped art lessons expand learning beyond your classroom allowing more time with students & enrichment.

A basic definition of flipped classrooms is that students learn concepts at night and do "homework" at school. Students advance at their own speed and get help before they
fall behind. Teachers can then aid the strugglers.

In the art room, students are usually already working on projects and "homework"
in the classroom. I use this model to gain class time for more work time and less demonstration. When students can access demonstrations and teaching as they need
it, then the instruction is relevant and students retain and apply the knowledge as it pertains to their artwork.

A common mistake of first-time flippers is believing that technology is a silver bullet.
The goal is not to bend education to the digital propensity of students, but to maximize student--teacher interaction. It is about using your class time better, not how you use technology. Flipping your classroom means that you will be rethinking how we teach based on how kids learn.

"Welcome new ideas, but don't let them all move in at once." Start by picking a lesson
or two to flip. Do not try to do this with your whole year at once. Add to your cache of flipped lessons a bit at a time. Not every day or even every lesson needs to be flipped.

Here is a list of resources about flipped lessons.

1. 7 Things You Should Know About....Flipped Classrooms (Article)

2. Playlist of Videos by Different Sources.

3. Technology Resources

The Different Faces of Flipping

1. Watercolor Unit

2. Online Critiques

Does a flipped lesson always have to be a video? The answer is no. It can be taking notes like in the example above, online critique, or finding the answer to a question you post. All of these are possible ways to flip a lesson.

With online critiques, students post their project to an online forum. We use Edmodo at our school....This could be photos of a project or presentations...whatever they are working on. Then students are required to critique 3-5 other works. This is great for feedback and sharing ideas. Online Critiques, save valuable class time and teacher time. They also are great documentation of comments to students for improvement.

3. Intro to Slab Building

Students watched this video the night before our first day of clay. They were super excited to get started and came in with the knowledge of how to get set up. They watched the video while working that day again for refreshers and paused it as they needed to. This was our ah-ha moment for flipped classrooms. In the past we would go over procedures then they would get about 1/3 of the classes projects done. It would then be time to clean up. What used to take 2 to 3 class days, only took 1 class period with time to spare. This was a class of 30 sixth graders. This was the first time ever that we were cleaned up on time the first day of clay.

4. Introducing Art Careers with our Portrait Unit

You do not have to personally make all the videos. We search the internet for resouces all the time. Students find resources and make videos for us. We use pinterest as a great resource for searching for digital information. Follow us on Pinterest to see boards already created by topic.

We used these videos with our portrait unit. Without flipped lessons, we would not have time to include this valuable information with this depth.

Forensic Sketch Artist

Benefits of Flipping

1. You gain class time with your students. I get to talk to each student more every day.

2. Students get the same information with more enriching activities to reinforce learning.

3. Students need less help on their homework from parents. The assignments that used
to be homework are now done in the classroom with your guidance.

4. Flipped classrooms lower student anxiety because they know what to expect the
next day.

5. Flipping gives more opportunities for reinforcement. This give the students a library
of videos to teach first, then re-teach and scaffold learning.

6. When a student is absent, students can easily get the material they missed from anywhere. Some students will even return to class and not be behind at all because they have used the flipped assignment to complete their work at home.

7. If you as a teacher need to be absent, a substitute can come in and seamlessly run
your class. I now do not have to be worried about what the students are doing when
I am not there. The classroom does not pause while you are out because substitutes don't have to know the material.

Kari Dollar

Coppell Middle School North

Art Teacher

Shannon Weaver

Coppell Middle School North

Art Teacher