My set up for students accessing the video lessons is simple and familiar to the students. I figured start out small and grow. Currently students go to our class weebly site and go to the "Information for Students" page. Once there they scroll down to "Flipped Learning". From there I hope to organize it by units. It is pretty easy right now because we are in the first unit.
As far as each lesson they are basic, without many bells and whistles. I didn't want to distract my students with extra stuff and I know myself, I could spend hours upon hours creating a five minute video. So I created basic Prezis and decided to walk my students through them. I used Screenr to record my voice and screen through the Prezi. Here is an example:
After my students watch the video they answer some formative questions for me on a Google form (example below). There is a space to ask questions or write what they are confused about. I check this before our next class so I know who had difficulties and who needs to be pushed/challenged.
In class the students come in and begin working on what used to be their homework. When they finish they get into their Math Circles. I put the students into groups with differing levels of readiness based on their MAP tests. I plan for the groups to change depending on which skill band we are working on. Each Math Circle has four jobs, a discussion director, referee, calculator, and spokespearson. I introduced the jobs and role expectations today and students practiced checking their understanding of the video and assigned work together. We reflected on what went well and what we can improve. One student suggested we add a timer to a job description, while another student said we need to monitor our voices so we can all focus. Don't you love it when students suggest ideas you have?! It brings much more meaning to the class.
That's it for now. So far so good. Flipping my class has been a lot of work, but I can already see some benefits. I am just trying to make sure I keep my video lessons simple, yet powerful. One of flaws is being a perfectionist and comparing myself to others, so I'm trying to just do what is needed and put my focus into created authentic activities and projects to reinforce skills and expand my students' understanding.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I would love to hear them!
Mrs. K has been teaching for eight years. She has taught in three different countries and loves each one for its uniqueness.