Implementing a Flipped Classroom

 Today’s post is from Amanda of The Primary Gal! She’s sharing her experience with implementing a flipped classroom.

 

Implementing a flipped classroom is a great way to not only increase student engagement but to also reach your students' needs and learning styles! This guest post describes how to implement a flipped classroom and shares the benefits of doing so. Click here to read more!

In today’s world, our students are surrounded by technology.  More times than not, they are more familiar with an iPad than many adults.  Over the last few years, I have attempted to put my students’ interest in technology to use by implementing a flipped classroom model! What is a flipped classroom, you ask?  It is a method of teaching where teachers record video lessons for their students to watch as homework.  On the following day, students return to school prepared to practice the skill in class.

Check out this fun video below to further explain and demonstrate what a flipped classroom looks like.  I usually show this to my parents on back to school night to allow them to see how and why I am implementing a flipped classroom.

YouTube video

 

If this sounds like something that you might be interested in, you’ll need to consider how to make and share videos for your students.  I use Educreations.  It is simple and free, and it can be accessed without the internet!  I have a full post sharing how I make my videos {here}.

Implementing a flipped classroom is a great way to not only increase student engagement but to also reach your students' needs and learning styles! This guest post describes how to implement a flipped classroom and shares the benefits of doing so. Click here to read more!

Each day before dismissal, my students go to our classroom blog.  On our blog, my teaching partner and I share our daily homework so our students know exactly what is expected of them that evening.  Included in the homework list is a link to their math video for the evening.  We also love this because our parents can subscribe to our blog and receive email updates each day!

Implementing a flipped classroom is a great way to not only increase student engagement but to also reach your students' needs and learning styles! This guest post describes how to implement a flipped classroom and shares the benefits of doing so. Click here to read more!

At home, the students will watch the video and record their own notes for the content provided.  I require my students to write down any definitions that I provide.  However, from there, I am fairly flexible when it comes to the examples that I work out throughout the video.  Personally, I am a terrible note-taker.  When I attend conferences myself, I might write reminders to myself like, “Don’t forget to sign up for…” but I don’t write detailed notes.  Therefore, I really try to allow my students to watch the video in a way that suits their learning styles.  I would rather them not be stressed about recording every single number or letter that I do and instead actually absorb the content.  I enjoy this because I really get to witness my students learning about themselves throughout the school year.

Implementing a flipped classroom is a great way to not only increase student engagement but to also reach your students' needs and learning styles! This guest post describes how to implement a flipped classroom and shares the benefits of doing so. Click here to read more!
Once my students come in the following day, I give them an exit ticket to assess their ability to complete the skill from the previous night.  This simple assessment allows me to see who needs additional help and who is ready to work on more difficult tasks.

 

Implementing a flipped classroom is a great way to not only increase student engagement but to also reach your students' needs and learning styles! This guest post describes how to implement a flipped classroom and shares the benefits of doing so. Click here to read more!

By this point, you may be wondering, “What do we actually do during our math block?”  We practice and extend our learning on the skill from the previous night.  I can use the exit tickets from above to determine with which  areas small groups of students are struggling.  Then, I utilize task cards and math centers to allow my students plenty of opportunities to practice with the help of a teacher, assistant, or peer.

Implementing a flipped classroom is a great way to not only increase student engagement but to also reach your students' needs and learning styles! This guest post describes how to implement a flipped classroom and shares the benefits of doing so. Click here to read more!

I could seriously ramble about the advantages all. day. long.  Instead, I’ll say this.  Since I began flipping my classroom, I have been able to maximize instructional time while avoiding giving students dreaded homework pages that often lead to frustration for students, as well as parents.  I love how this empowers students to work hard, to do their best, and to take charge of their own learning.  You are sending home “the teacher” with each of your students every night.  Does it get any better than that?!

The Primary Gal
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