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First Things, First
For a successful transition from a traditional classroom to a flipped classroom, it's a good idea to do some introductory
prep with students and their parents. Here are some of the things that I do in order to set the stage:
- Introductory Video: I have this posted on my website at the start of the school year.
- Letter to parents: This goes home to parents on the first day.
- We watch the first video lesson together and I model note-taking
Assigning the Video
In order to insure success, here are some pointers for assigning a video-lesson:
- Give students two to three days to watch the video
--if you can give them a schedule at the beginning of the chapter with due dates, even better!
- Encourage them to take good notes
--I use Cornell Style notes. I LOVE Cornell Style Notes!! I believe this is what gives students control over their own learning!
- Give teasers
--Repeatedly drop hints as to the importance of the objectives taught in the video
- Remind them that they will be responsible for knowing the objective taught in the video.
--I let them know that they WILL be confused in class if they miss a video lesson.
- Use Twitter, Edmodo, Remind101, or some other method to remind them outside of the school day
--I always send out a Tweet the night before video notes are due
What's for Homework?
Students need to know what they should do for homework. Here are the pointers that I give my students:
- Take time to watch the video
--Pause and Rewind as necessary
- Complete the "Notes" section with GOOD notes
--My students are responsible for filling the "Notes" Section of their Cornell Style notes in the manner most effective for them.
- Make sure you understand the objective
--Could you explain the lesson to someone else? If yes, than you understood it.
- Find me if you have questions.
--As soon as possible, students need to email me or see me the next morning if they didn't understand the objective.
Here is the schedule that I follow when video notes are due:
- Notes Quiz
--Students may use their notes to complete a 5-7 question quiz to show that they took notes over the video.
--Often we watch an animated explanation of the objective that accompanies the textbook
--Next, together as a class, or with their partner, they write a 5 sentence summary for the "resume" section of our notes. (They are to write
three quiz-type questions in the "Questions" section on their own.
--Class time is spent either working on an ongoing project or working with partners or groups of four to complete a cooperative
Cooperative Learning Activities
Here are some examples of activities that help students to work together to practice the objectives: