I wasn't as consistent with blogging about flipping/blending my classroom as I wanted to be, but that is a goal of mine in the future. Well we did it! My students and I flipped/blended our math class this year and it was amazing. There were learning curves, adjustments, lots of discussions, and tons of student responsibility, but it was a success. Not just in the culture of our learning and classroom, but also in data.
My students blew the MAP test out of the water. 100% of students met and exceeded their goals, a bunch improving by more than 20 points. I have never in all my 6 years of teaching had students do so well. My low students improved to "on level" and my higher students soared above and improved their scores just as much as their peers.
I've had a couple colleagues come and ask me what I did. Honestly, I can't point to one thing. It was a combination of a lot of things: the students and parents buying into this change, a more active class, challenge problems, group work, individual time with students, student engagement, and lots more.
Flipping the class was so much work, but it was worth every second I spent making the videos, planning the lessons, and reflecting on the process. I've already starting thinking about next year and how I can blend my class a little more. Rumor has it we will have a BYOD in the elementary, which will lend itself to more dynamic learning and lessons. I'm so pumped to start planning, tweaking, and working on stuff for next year.
How can I flip/blend learning in other subjects?
How can I have students more involved in the planning of lessons?
What are other ways to assess students' understanding?
What should my classroom layout look like to foster engagement, group work, and movement?
How can I get parents more involved in the process?
Could I incorporate "jobs" into the learning?
Are there more efficient ways of checking students' understanding?
How do I bring in more problems students will face in their life (student input)?
This journey has been long and tiresome. I'm glad I stuck with it. Hopefully next year some of my colleagues will want to join me on this journey. :)
Mrs. K has been teaching for eight years. She has taught in three different countries and loves each one for its uniqueness.