Flip Your Classroom Already!

This post will be home to an organic discussion of the flipped classroom as my philosophy and findings grow. Watch the videos that interest you and provide new information; skip those that don’t.

A Graphical Definition:
If you are relatively new to the practice of flipping classrooms and lessons, this should be your first read, linked here.

Why Flip?
Here’s a graphically displayed, straight-forward and brief justification for flipping your classroom by Katie Gimbar, an eighth grade mathematics teacher:

Goals of Flipping
The major goals are to (a) take lecture out of the classroom and replace with differentiated lessons in which students apply the information; (b) provide a go-at-your-own-pace, always available learning resource (a “Help Button” of sorts); (c) address as many learning styles as possible, and (d) provide the highest level of rigor as possible.

Check out the Fizz website and introductory video for more on this topic, linked here.

“5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Flipped My Class”
#1 It takes more time than you think
#2 Use other people’s stuff
#3 Expect push-back from students
#4 Keep your options open
#5 Have a plan for your extra class time

What About Students with No Access?
One of the most important questions to consider! Be sure to make computers available for student use. Bring an extra laptop in to the office reserved for the purpose of watching the lecture videos, and have computers available for use by those students who, for whatever reason, did not watch the assigned videos.

to be continued…

Resources for Flipped Lectures & Videos:
Online Course Lectures: http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses#Literature
Top Cultural and Educational Video Sites: http://www.openculture.com/intelligentvideo
Ted Talks: http://www.ted.com/talks
Critical Analysis Videos: http://english.clas.asu.edu/video#analysis
Literary Readings: http://english.clas.asu.edu/video#literary
Webcasts, Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/index.php
Author Webcasts, Library of Congress: http://read.gov/webcasts/