The Best Thing You can Do Now to Prepare Next Years’ Students for the Flipped Classroom!

 

One of the most important things to do as you flip a class is to get student buy-in.  Students need to see how the flipped classroom benefits them.  They also need to know how to operate in a flipped classroom.So how can you do that? Get a video camera or use your smartphone, and ask your current students a couple of questions. Record it and then either show it in class at the beginning of the school year or better yet, make it your first flipped class lesson of the year.  The reality is that students are more likely to listen to other students than they are to you.  The two questions I think you should ask your current students are:

  • What do you see as the benefits of the flipped classroom?
  • What advice do you have for next years’ students to be successful in this course?

Below is the introductory video we made for our students at the beginning of the year.  Note the student speak at about 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Also note that it is WAY too long.  Don’t make a video this long.  :)

Mastery Learning at Woodland Park High School from Jonathan Bergmann on Vimeo.

Then take some time and edit the video and you are ready to start next year. Then do this every May and you will always have fresh advice from kids.

I would love it if you would share your videos and link them in the comment section below.

Also:  don’t forget that there is still spaces left at FlipCon14 June 23-25.  It is the longest running (and best) conference on the flipped class in the world.  If you can’t attend in person, we are streaming it and all of the recordings are avaialbe for six months.  Details at http://flippedlearning.org/FlipCon14

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6 Responses to The Best Thing You can Do Now to Prepare Next Years’ Students for the Flipped Classroom!

  1. Lisa says:

    Great idea. I am doing this today. It is really powerful when kids can listen to advice from their peers. Thanks for the tips.

  2. bhawkes1963 says:

    Yes – thank you for the great idea that I will use – and I will certainly send you the videos!

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  4. This is the video I am going to show to my new students: http://youtu.be/XyXB9KHGVkA

  5. I was skeptical at the beginning in remodeling my teaching techniques by flipping my classroom. I knew how difficult it would be to record video lectures for my math class. after making 400 videos, I am now taking it up a notch by writing a research paper on flip classroom. Flipping my classroom is the best thing I have ever done for my students– and other math students online https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zljA3KTckUQ

  6. Kate Hooper says:

    I recorded a “promo” video on our flipped fifth grade mathematics classroom experience this year. Within the video I summarized my/our introduction to flipping our math class. The students provided feedback about what they liked about flipping and gave great suggestions. The video was used as part of my differentiated supervision cycle. I had not thought of editing it to show to next year’s class. I will definitely do that. I will also show it to the parents as part of the explanation of flipping. The power comes from the students’ words and perceptions. Thanks for the great idea! <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYCFvMHiLf0&quot;

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