## Tuesday, March 18, 2014

### Flipping the Classroom, for a unit...

Flipping the Classroom. It's a concept that I really like but really struggle with. To me, if you are flipping the classroom, you are truly giving complete ownership of the learning to the kids (aka, go research this topic and learn it). However, I have control issues and I feel like that doesn't always work. What if they find wrong information? So, I create my own instructional videos of the lessons, embed them in an online assignment on ASSISTments and that becomes their homework. Is this flipped? The kids are still learning from me.... but at home. So you see, I go back and forth with whether or not this is truly a flipped classroom. But, you have to start somewhere right?

I've done preheats and I've done go learn the topic on your own before.... but never for an entire unit. This term, I was inspired by a fellow MDC coach to try it for an entire unit. And what unit would be more perfect than sequences and series? This is an extremely short unit for my trig kids and because we only focus on finite sequences and series, it's not a terrible stretch to give the reigns over to my students. Plus, half my kids are recovery so they've been through the material before. I think, it can be done.....

I just did some reading about some other Flipped Classrooms that are being done in high school level classes and they sound pretty successful. The teacher even commented that she has some students who don't even watch the videos anymore! Something that I did love was that she also had her kids create lessons for certain topics. Love that project :) And I love that it was creating a flipped classroom instructional video. Idea taken, perhaps next year ;)

Below, I've included the Flipped Classroom Plan (that I'll be implementing in May) followed by the guided notes / practice problems (Glencoe Algebra 2). In the plan, I highlight what all the kids will need to accomplish each night for the lesson as well as the practice details for the following day. If you notice, we'll be using my speed dating / taskcards! I also am planning a new way to practice real world problems. Students will be creating their own (modeled after the examples). Bring these to class to post (and have other kids solve). After ample time, they will then check over the answers of their peers and provide feedback. If only it were May...... (I really can't wait to try this out)
Some requirements of the children when they are learning at home:
-Watch the Video Lessons (three per Learning Target)
-Complete Guided Notes Pages

For accountability purposes, this will be for a Project Grade and my students will be graded based upon the Quality of their Notes/Guided note Pages/Commentary in the Discussion Forum. I will be doing old school walk around the room checks of peoples' notes. Not as much fun.... Or..... I could collect notebooks and check/grade these while they are completing the practice tasks of the day! I think I like that one better. Thanks for listening :) That helped me work through that thought.

Later on, I shall post again with some results/reflections.