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Month: December, 2011

Conversation in a Flipped Classroom

I follow this blog called Teach Paperless. The most recent post was about the Flipped classroom. It was all about the need for and the importance of conversation with this teaching model. I was glad to read this post because I was grappling with how to make my screencasts more than just taking notes. Not that I’m lacking in having meaningful conversations with my students in the classroom, but that the homework needs more “conversation”. Right now I post the screencasts on Edmodo as an assignment and have the students take notes in their math journals. This is not enough. There needs to be more. This is why that post on Teach Paperless was just what I needed. So, along with the ideas he mentioned, here are a couple I thought I could add:

1. I could embed a voicethread into an Edmodo assignment that could generate a discussion on a problem in the screencast or,

2. I could have them post a response to the assignment (in Edmodo) that would require them to explain an answer to a problem?

This is going to be fun. I have my entire Christmas break to explore the possibilities. I love it when life presents you with possibilities. It creates opportunities for learning and exploring.

Self-Pacing and the Flipped Classroom

I finished giving the pre-test for the next unit in math. It’s all about angles and angle measurements. Out of my 39 students, all but 5 can use a protractor. That is great news! I will work with those 5 in a small group instead of making a screen cast.

The pre-test showed me what I really needed to focus on in my screencasts. In planning the screencasts, I must stand back and look at the big picture of the unit. What is it that they really need to know to be master the standards?

1. Adjacent and verticle angles.
2. Adjacent angle sums equal 180 degree. The same degrees of a straight angle.
3. Quadrilaterals sum angle measurement is equal to 360 degrees.
4. Triangles sum angle measurement is equal to 180 degrees
5. Transformations can be represented on a 4 quadrant grid
6. Angles can equate to percentiles in circle graph.

OK, that can be taught in 5 screencasts. The pre-assessment is really getting me thinking about what my students need to know.

When I present them with the data and what is expected to be mastered for each week I’m going to let them pace out how its going to be completed. I’m also going to establish a quick check of the content that needs to be mastered for each week.

Some of my students will work to master it in a couple of days, others will take the week and some will take longer than a week. It’s all about mastery.

I have a friend who teachers middle school science and she is flipping her class as well. Here is her blog on her experiences. www.beespeaks.wordpress.com