August 21, 2013

The Flipped Classroom

The 6th and 8th grade math teachers are "flipping" their classrooms.  We are giving students informational videos with guided practice problems to watch at home and allowing students to work on the practice problems 1-30 in class.  This is allowing the teachers to have more one-on-one time with students.  Students who have questions on problems will be in the classroom where they can receive immediate help. 

~What if my student does not finish all 1-30 practice problems during class time?

The object is to have students finish their practice problems in class, but if they can not finish them all, we will be asking them to finish the last few at home while watching the new video for the next day.

~What if my student does not take their computer home?

If needed, most students will have time during activity class to watch the next video.  Teachers are also more than willing to offer time before or after school and during lunch for the student to use their computer to watch the video. If your student is in Multiple Choices this is a great opportunity to watch the videos.

~How long are the instructional videos?

Most videos are around 5 to 10 minutes in length.  Some may be longer depending on the information, but no more than 20 minutes. 

~Can my student go back and listen to the video more than once?

YES!  We are hoping they will use the video as a resource to go over a concept or lesson they are having difficulty with. 

For more general information about "flipped" classrooms you can visit the follow website.