This is the first year that I've had students in class that are coming from a flipped classroom environment. Thanks to my friend and colleague, Megan Frantz, several students approached me during the first week to comment on how much they liked the Flipped Classroom experience with Ms. Frantz in 8th grade. Thanks, Megan! You've made my life THAT much easier.
Parents were also tremendously more receptive during Open House this year. I was greeted with enthusiasm and curiosity about this style of teaching. This support is priceless and directly impacts how students feel about learning this way.
This year I've decided to be much more deliberate about what my goals are for student learning. Each chapter, students will receive a list of Learning Targets where each of the concepts is characterized into 3 different categories: MUST Know, Important to Know, and Nice to Know. The goal is to take much more of the guess work out of what's important. Now students can view the instructional videos with more purpose and knowing what the important "take-aways" are. I generally start each video with a Learning Objective, but this is often lost or forgotten once the video is over. Now students will have it with them and we'll revisit it often to support the videos and make the objectives and goals clearer. Feel free to check out what I've come up with by downloading the file to the right.
I'm also using Remind101 this year to help students stay organized and remember to watch the videos on nights that they are assigned. Remind101 is a service that provides a safe way for teachers to text message or email students and parents. Using
That's about all that new! Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment or contacting me. Happy Flipping New Year!