Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Flipping Process Begins

We started our flipping process today. We meet and discussed what we wanted to accomplish philosophically and logistics for how to accomplish that. We decided that it was best to start under the assumption that we were doing something for the entire school community and that eventually all grade levels would contribute and have access. A Google site was the method of organization that was selected and we organized the site by grade level and then by math unit. Our Google Site All three teachers were assigned lessons to prep and we will meet next week to begin filming. We are excited about the process, but also a little nervous about filming in front of each other.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why I Flipped My Classroom

This video helped to confirm some of our beliefs about flipping our math classroom.

This is a link to Katie's You Tube playlist:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Flipped Classroom Infographic

While doing research on the flipped classroom, I came across this infographic that seems to accurately explain the set up and rationale of a flipped classroom.

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where we are starting from...

Okay so we are just a bunch of teachers in Littleton Public Schools that are looking for an innovative way to increase contact time with students as our classroom populations grow. We seem to have bigger and bigger class sizes and more academic/emotional needs so there has to be a better way of teaching (math is our focus now) in order to do a better job at reaching ALL students. Flipping the classroom seems to be the right move for us. Having students watch our instructional videos at home for homework, while taking notes on the learning goal , what's most important as well as their questions, and then doing the math practice and homework in class would help ALL students b/c the quick learners can get the work done at their fast pace then move on to an extension or challenge activity while the more struggling or average learners can work at their own pace.
We, the teachers, can spend more of our time conferring and roving around the classroom, checking in with all students, instead of focusing most of our time instructing. Plus, if we divide up the Every day Math 5th grade units up and each teach one or two units on the prerecorded videos, the students are being taught by all of the 5th grade teachers, not just their one math instructor. I think this will help them b/c they will be hearing concepts taught by different teachers which have different teaching styles.
This also leaves more time for us, the teachers, to think of alternate ways to teach the concepts if students are as well as are not getting the information. I usually spend a lot of time at night preparing for instruction but if I can save that time, I can use that time instead to be more creative with my teaching, interweave videos or kinesthetic activities or reflect back on my own teaching.
We are excited to spend our summer preparing for this action research and this blog is where we will capture our thoughts, concerns, questions, frustrations and successes as we move along this journey. Please put any comments you would like here for us!