What Does a Flipped Classroom Require of Your Student?
In reality, a Flipped Classroom does not change the fact that students are expected to go home and “do Math and ELA/ Reading, or Science or Social Studies” each night. The main thing that is different is the type of work they are doing. Instead of doing practice problems students have to watch a teacher created or outside, teacher chosen, resource video. Students take notes in a “Log.” They reflect in summary and question format referred to as WSQ (pronounced Wisk; acronym for Watch, Summarize, Question.) Students will be instructed in class how to perform this activity. And these “HOT” questions( Higher Order Thinking questions) drive practice and instruction in class, while at the same time improve writing skills.
Viewing the videos and preparing WSQ will result in students who are prepared for class. Students will have the background knowledge of the concept to be practiced each day. They will be ready to learn it better, deeper, and faster. Students will have the teacher present to help when they get stuck on a problem, or instant feedback when they think the problems are too difficult. Students are not expected to have full mastery of the content before they arrive in class, although some students may be at that level.
The Flipped Classroom requires your student to take responsibility for their learning in several ways:
Students must plan time to watch the video before evening bedtime routines begin.
Students must take initiative to re-watch videos as many times as necessary.
Students, if absent, must still watch the required videos and return to class prepared.
Students must make sure that they take initiative to communicate with me either online or in person if there are issues with watching the videos. This includes requesting computer time before or after school, or requesting a flash drive or DVD copy.
I hope this helps clarify some of your questions regarding our new Flipped Class.
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What if You Student Watches the Videos Every Night But Still Does Not Understand the Content?