O, data. The dirty D word of education. If you don't see it as a dirty word, well neither do I, but I do understand the negative connotation around that word in the world of educators. The negative connotation comes from the fear that data trumps all other aspects of education, which in some cases it shamefully does. But what if we look at it this way - what if the data is a piece of the puzzle in understanding if your flipped classroom is working or not? Just a piece, not the whole, but it can be a rather informative and effective piece.
Data can be just that if, and only if you spend some time reflecting on the following three points that I bring to your attention here.
So let's get straight to it.
In the flipped classroom, you'll notice quickly that there are more points throughout your course, throughout your students' experience in your course that you'll want to be informed...
Flipping the classroom is no small adventure. In fact, many teachers don't take the first steps to flip their classroom out fear of putting in some of the work just to realize they've bitten off more than they can chew. And then they've done all that work for nothing.
I wish I had known a few key pieces of information before I made any attempt to flip my classroom. My first attempt in my second year of teaching was a minimal one for the same reason most teachers can't or don't want to take on the full flip. I was in the middle of the school year, I wanted to flip as a retroactive solution to issues I had in the classroom that year, and I chose a quick, small flip out of necessity - I didn't have time to do any more than take small steps. In doing so, I fell into a few pitfalls that could have easily been avoided.
The few tips I give here are ones that I think any teacher considering to flip their classroom should keep in mind. Again, this...
I am so excited to officially join the conversation around many great topics involving improving your classroom environment. The one I want to contribute to here is the flipped classroom. As I've helped teachers flip their classrooms over the years, one of the most asked questions is how do I start???
What I hear when someone asks this is... I know the benefits of the flipped classroom, I know why it makes sense for me and my students (by the way, that is so amazing! I know that more teachers could benefit from flipping techniques, so the fact that you are already in the know is an awesome step one), but I just need some guidance on how to make that happen, particularly at the start.
And you know what - I hear you. When I first started my journey flipping my classroom back in 2012 it was a mostly lonesome road, as most journeys are for teachers who decide to make a big change in their classroom from one year to the next. And that's ok, but...