Flipping: The First Week
Well, the first week of flipping my classroom is almost over. I’ve noticed so many improvements!!
First, I stressed the importance of watching the videos right from the first day. I told students that I would not be lecturing during class, so if they didn’t watch, they would be lost. As was expected, there were a few students in each class that forgot to watch, but they watched in class on their smartphones or laptops, and were still able to complete the activity.
Second, classroom management is a breeze!! I realized that the reason I spent the first five minutes of class trying to get the class to pay attention was because they didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing, so they did what they wanted – they socialized. Now, at the end of each video, I tell them what they will be doing in class. All supplies are laid out for them and they can get started even before the bell rings!
Mind you, we haven’t begun the actual math curriculum yet, just technology tools, so there wasn’t a whole lot of confusing concepts to explain. Also, I haven’t given an “opening question” for the same reason. We’ll see how things change during week two! But so far, I am very excited about how successful my students will be this year!!