My Flipped Classroom
I began flipping my class during the 2014-15 school year. I'm still learning, and students are learning with me! So first, let's talk about what the flipped classroom is:
Why it's great:
Algebra 1 is a tough class! Freshmen are just getting used to the more rigorous expectations that come with being in high school, and sophomore year is just a really hard year. It's great to be able to work with peers to learn such a difficult subject, and even better to have a teacher right there to answer questions while you are learning. Many times, parents can't help their kids with their math homework, but with the flipped classroom, students have more time with a teacher to do their homework and ask questions. It also leaves more time in class for skill-building activities and fun learning experiences! In addition, not every student learns at the lecture pace. With flipped learning, they can pause and rewind the lecture as much as they want! If they still have questions, they can write them down as they go.
How my flipped classroom works:
Students are assigned a video to watch, and they are required to take notes. I check their notes in class, review the material and answer any questions that they have. I am usually able to speak with each student one-on-one about their needs for each lesson, so even students who are afraid to ask questions in front of the whole class have a chance to speak up. Then we do the homework or activity in pairs, and I walk around answering questions, checking work, and clarifying any misunderstandings.
Ways to access the videos:
YouTube is the easiest way to access my videos. I posted a link to my YouTube channel, and you can also find it here. Students have computers available to them every morning before the first bell at school, after school most days (they just have to arrange it with a teacher--see my available days on my home page), and possibly occasionally during the school day (but they shouldn't count on that one!). If they have a computer but no Internet access at home, they can ask me and I will gladly put the videos on their flash drive (they have to bring it!). And if neither one of those options will work, DVDs are available to check out of the school library.