So you're ready to flip your classroom. You might be asking yourself, "How do I start?"
As with any large change, it is important to have goals for yourself and your classroom. As a teacher, it is your responsibility to figure out how you want these changes to benefit your students. Often, teachers get discouraged when their changes do not show immediate results, and they become discouraged. With this website, we want to provide you with FREE resources to ensure success and results.
Before deciding to flip your classroom, you should think about the following:
- What benefits will my students see from a flipped environment?
- How will I make sure my goals are met in terms of instructional material, classroom environment, and student performance?
- What technology will help me create this environment?
- What type of administrative support/opposition will I have?
Dive in? Or trickle the environment? This year? Next year?
Flipping a classroom can be scary, sometimes as scary as day 1 of teaching. Under this new system, you are trusting your students to complete homework that, if not completed, can severely hurt their instructional time in the classroom due to lack of prerequisite knowledge. As an educator, it is your choice whether to trickle in the new dynamics of class, or entirely change how the class operates. Before making the commitment at 100%, it is wise to try the new learning environment with one class, or one unit, before diving in.
Another major question is whether it is most beneficial to start mid-year or wait until next year. Either way, the fist year is a very important learning process for you, the educator. If you dive in immediately, you may face some turbulence initially, but you will also have a new and engaging way to teach your students. Waiting until the next fresh school year can be beneficial if you run a "theoretical" class under the flipped model to prepare for a full run the following year.
Which Aspects to Include?
When you flip your classroom, you may not want to establish every flipped characteristic into your classroom, at least not at first. Depending on the subject(s), grade level, student needs, available technology, and countless other factors, you may want to take a minimalist approach to flipping your classroom in the beginning. It is best to make a checklist for which features you want to have, and developing a plan from there. Will you include video lectures? If so, how/when will you make them? What about an online resource system for students? Will you use the flipped environment every day, or will you only use it for introducing a unit or topic? There are many ways to approach the flipped classroom environment, and you as the educator will be the most qualified to make that decision for your class.
Here are some initial guides: