Second Week in Review
On Tuesday, I discovered that some students hadn’t watched the videos. I did give instructions on how to find them on the website, but maybe they weren’t clear. So I reviewed the instructions at the beginning and the end of each class. I guess I will be doing this at least for the next couple of weeks, until they get in the routine.
I also discovered that in my Algebra 2 class, the concepts in the video that I used (but didn’t create myself) and the questions I asked in class did not match up. That just means I have to do a better job at syncing them, by either picking better videos or asking better questions.
My seniors are reverting back to old habits from last year. They are giving up after not understanding for a few minutes. For right now, I am giving more “guidance” than actual step-by-step instructions, but I need to let them suffer more so that they can learn through their frustration. Funny, I don’t have this problem with my underclassmen.
Today, I received two Netbooks for my classroom. Students will use these to watch videos, in case they didn’t have time, or they don’t have internet access at home. This is great, because I used to have to give up my teacher computer for these students.
In other exciting news, I have teachers starting to implement the flipped model in their classes after just learning about it in August. I have volunteered to help those who are getting started, just to make sure they get the whole idea, not just the videos.
Overall, I still LOVE the flip!! I have had great conversations, answered thoughtful questions, and held many small group lessons with students that were struggling. Classroom management is still a breeze, with students knowing exactly what to do, and always staying on task because they know I am watching them.
The real test will be next Wednesday when they … test.