Flipped Classroom

How does flipped teaching work?

1. The teacher creates an instructional video and posts the video on a class website
2. The students watch and take notes on the lecture at home for homework
3. The students turn in their notes at the beginning of class (this tells the teacher that the video was watched and homework was completed)
4. The teacher reviews the lesson in class (this provides students the opportunity to ask clarifying questions)
5. The students spend class time collaborating on skill-building activities.  The teacher guides students through problem-solving strategies and differentiates learning as necessary.

What are the key elements of flipped teaching?

1. Provide an opportunity for students to gain first exposure prior to class
2. Provide an incentive for students to prepare for class
3. Provide a mechanism to assess student understanding
4. Provide in-class activities that focus on higher level cognitive activities

What does a flipped classroom look like?

Precalculus Daily In-class Agenda
1. Collect video lesson notes
2. Review previous classwork assignment
3. Review current video lesson
4. Students complete current classwork (in groups of 4)

1. Watching the Video Lesson
Students watch and take notes on a video lesson for homework each night.  Students' video lesson notes are collected at the beginning of the class period and are returned before the classwork and collaboration time.

2. Reviewing the Previous Classwork Assignment
The previous day's classwork assignment is reviewed at the beginning of the following class.  While most students ask the necessary questions during the initial classwork time, the next-day review allows students the chance to clarify any remaining misconceptions and reinforce their understanding of previously-learned concepts.

3. Reviewing the Video Lesson
Students have the opportunity to solidify their understanding and ask questions about the concepts during the in-class lesson review.  The teacher addresses the areas of confusion but does not re-teach what students already understand.

4. Classwork and Collaboration
Students complete a textbook/worksheet assignment in class in groups of 4.  They are encouraged to work together and share problem-solving strategies.  The teacher actively walks around the room, answers questions, provides individual help and demonstrates the more challenging questions on the SMART board or whiteboard.

What are your thoughts on flipped teaching?  Have you ever tried it?  Would you consider it?