Flipping an Elementary Class
It all started with the whispers that begin toward the close of a school year. The time when a building hums with the sound of excited staff members talking about what the next year will bring. In our building, we had heard that the 1:1 initiative might be coming to our fourth and fifth grade classrooms. Instantly, the mind races…what can I do with this technology?
Like most educators, I researched blogs, social media, and attended professional development geared toward educational technology. I discovered numerous formative assessment tools, websites, and apps that I could easily add to my current curriculum and lesson formats. As the new school year started, we began a roll out of 1:1 iPads for our classrooms. I still did not have a grasp on how this new device could transform my teaching.
Student working through video lesson. Dry
erase marker easily wipes off of the desk top.
I can quickly assess the student as I circulate
Here’s the thing about a flipped classroom. The students drive the instruction. I was facilitating the room. My lessons, my instruction, and all of my assignments were recorded. Students could pause, rewind, stop and question the video at their own pace. My formative assessments were built into the video content. Parents could view the lesson with students, absent students were never behind, and my time was spent remediating or challenging my students. How could this be teaching? Was I outsourcing myself? Trust me, I questioned the process. I wasn’t presenting in front of the class on a dry erase board. I needed data.
Student tracking chart. Completed work
gets a sticker. This doesn’t reflect grades
and students understand flipped math
self-paced. Deadlines are given and I
conference with students who fall too far behind.
How to Flip
A quiet corner to learn. Students are
encouraged to find their own spot to learn.
Video instruction can be viewed where
the student is comfortable.
The next step is why my flipped math works in the elementary setting. I upload my video to EDpuzzle for edit, storage, and tracking. In EDpuzzle, I can set the video due date, track the students who have viewed the video, view how many times they have watched or paused the video, embed questions, and prevent students from skipping ahead. Once the video is uploaded, students log in and the learning begins.
There are numerous videos and resources on a flipped classroom model. I found inspiration in a fellow educator. If you would like more information, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mpzentz.