Flipping The Classroom: Fifth Week Complete

Homework

Not much to report for week 5. I was away on an interstate school trip for part of the week, and I’ve found that now students are in to rehearsals homework has become ‘run through your speech’ which is difficult to follow up in a tangible way. There was one homework set that could be checked, which was done by 55% of the students.

Time With Students

Students had one on one time with each other rather than me, rehearsing in front of each other and giving each other constructive criticism.

Overall week 5 was more like a normal week than a flipped classroom due to the current nature of the work. Not  a negative (should always adapt methodologies to suit) but just means I have little new to offer this week.

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Flipping The Classroom: Fourth Week Complete

Homework

Following the 87% completion rate last week, there was a 33% completion rate one night this week. It seems that the Friday lunch detention is not much of a deterrent. I used a quiz on Google Form this week to check completion, which was a quick and easy way of doing it.

Creating A Video

I now have my new version of Camtasia so I made a video last week (below). Here’s a collation of the feedback from the students and myself:

  • Need to break the video up into smaller segments. The length (10:47) overall was fine, but 5 minutes, quiz, 5 minutes, quiz would be better.
  • No need to use the function where they can see me talk.
  • The pop ups were great for highlighting key points and making it a little more interesting, feel free to use more.
  • All the stumbles and pauses were edited out (much appreciated by the students!).

I’m in the process of collating some more tips on a wiki.

Time With Students

I’ve had some fantastic one on one time with students because of flipping. Eg instead of delivering a lecture to students about how to improve their writing which, unedited, would be more like 20 minutes, they watched that video for homework and I spent those 20 minutes giving one on one help. In these sessions I was able to open students’ eyes to the amazing transformation their work can undergo with deliberate use of techniques. It has been incredibly valuable.

Flipping The Classroom: Third Week Complete

A few notes after week 3 of my flipping the classroom trial:

Homework

The next lesson follow up after set homework has continued to be a focus for me – finding ways to tangibly and fairly check the homework and provide reflection or consolidation where necessary. I did just have the best percentage of completion yet for a Friday homework (87%), which is great. They are well into creating their performance poetry piece now, so checking was simply a matter of looking at how much work they’d done (they had to have enough of a rough draft that it would take them at least three minutes to say).

Catch Up

Having strict homework records has also meant having better records of absentees. Because I have structured the flipped unit to be easily followed on a wiki page, I have found they are easily able to catch up on lessons and I can easily provide direction on what they have missed.

Time With Students

I am now noticing a marked difference in the amount of one on one time I am spending with students. Eg in today’s lesson after checking homework (which I’d made tangible and quick & easy to do), I went from student to student role modeling how to make a couple of their sentences more powerful (talking through what I was doing and why, and why the audience would find that more effective). I want to give a lesson about turning sentences into visual images, so in the spirit of the flipped classroom I will have to create a video so that that can be homework and I can continue to give one on one help during lessons. I have my updated version of Camtasia now, so no excuses.

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Flipping The Classroom: Second Week Complete

Just a few notes about the past week’s flipping the classroom trial:

Homework

After an improvement in homework there was a dip back to 50% for Friday’s homework. It is interesting to note that there is a definite Friday dip, as though that homework tends to be forgotten. I’ve now recorded enough nights to start to see a pattern in who does/doesn’t do their homework; handy information to have. I’ve used three methods of checking homework so far: checking their reflection is done on the google doc, running a quiz with Nearpod, and posting on the wikispace discussion board. The reflections and posts were quick and easy to check, and tangible – students had done it or they hadn’t. The quiz was time consuming and intangible, but lots of fun. To make such a quiz more tangible in terms of recording homework completion I’d have to use something that records answers for me like survey monkey or a google form.

Ease Of Access

I did have one student whose home internet went down for a few days, so had to help him come up with alernate strategies for homework completion. Other than that access has been smooth.

Quality of Reflections

With the increase in homework completion I have seen a definite increase in the quality of input from students in class discussions and one on one discussions. The breadth of videos they have been made to watch also seems to have fired enthusiasm for performance poetry as an art form and an understanding of the range of topics and styles there are.

Time With Students

Now that students are writing their own performance poem scripts, I’m noticing a big increase in the amount of one on one time I’m giving students – going around individually and helping them with their concepts and scripts. Because I can give them any further examples or tips as homework, eg the tips from the Snap Judgment page, I’m engaging in more one on one support. It’s great!