My school has started to hold “Flipping the Classroom” discussions after school to promote awareness about flipping and encourage us to try flipping with a supportive environment. I must say I am intrigued with the idea. I don’t think completely flipping my classroom would ever work for me because I try to expose students to many concepts through hands-on, investigative group activities… so my students are not just taking notes on a daily basis anyways. However, I do believe that it could work great for certain topics. Technology shouldn’t be too big of an issue since all of my STEM students have laptops and Internet access at home.
My current plan is to flip one lesson in one of my two algebra 1 classes. I am going to make a video on how to calculate x- and y- intercepts given an equation in standard form. I will give students an accompanying notes page to complete while they watch the video (this will hopefully keep them focused and allow me to see who watched it). I’m going to assign this the first week in December and give students two nights to watch and record notes. Then, in class, we’ll do one more example together and I’ll have some group activity for students to complete. At the end of class, I’ll give students an exit slip to assess their ability to calculate the intercepts.
Why am I only doing this with one of my classes? For comparison. If flipping didn’t exist, I would introduce the topic at the beginning of our 48-minute class, give notes, do examples, let students practice, and then assign the exit slip. So I’m still going to do this with my second class, and then compare the results of the exit slips. I can’t wait to see how the classes compare.
Since I’m a newbie at this I would definitely appreciate any advice other flippers have!