Do you think that in a flipped classroom, you actually have more control as educators? Tell me what you think.
It depends what you mean by control. Control of behavior? Control of activity? Control of content?
I don't know if this is at all what you meant, but in my classes that are flipped, I DEFINITELY have a better understanding of what my students do and don't know. And I definitely have a better idea of what they are and aren't doing.
If I'm lecturing, I don't always know if students are taking my notes or writing love letters. I can spot check for understanding, but really...with 38 HS students in a room, how many can I really KNOW what they're doing. With flipping, I know that they're not all on task all of the time, but I know that they are having more conversations about the math and collaborating more. We're working towards incorporating more writing. And I know they have ACCESS to all of my lectures forever and ever. So I know that they're not missing critical chunks of material because they were daydreaming. They can always rewind.
(Unfortunately, they're not all choosing to watch what they're supposed to when they're supposed to.)
I also know who has problems with slope, who has problems with everything graphing related, who's okay with graphing but has horrible arithmetic skills, etc. As someone who's only been flipping 7 weeks and has no technology in my room with the exception with some BYOD and handing people my own iphone or iPad or having them sit at my one computer, I don't have a great solution for the volume of remediation that needs to happen for foundational skills. But I'm much more acutely aware of what is needed and can make suggestions of what they could/should be doing.
I think you are doing very well. Video can be shown in class, if necessary. A classroom should be set up so that you have individual, group work, teacher guided and skill based exercises. You might want to think about rotating activities every 10 - 15 minutes.
I feel I have more control of individual content since I am aware of who knows what and the depth (think Bloom's).
I have less control of the kids day-to-day activities, and I think that is a good thing. I teach primarily upper grades and it is developing some of the skills necessary for college. I've had to learn there are things I used to think I should control, but now know I can't and probably shouldn't.
I choose to give up control of many things to the kids, and they are rising to the challenge.
Brian congrats!!!! A suggestion...try having your students create their own test questions for other similar or like classes. That way you have a bank of questions and then the students analyze the results. You want to transfer your skills of analyzing data to them thus you are controlling their skill development. Our teacher's lowest grade is just under 80% up considerable from before.
I think the aim of the Flipped Classroom is to have less control. Using the flipped classroom gives students more control and ownership of their learning. If you mean classroom control, then no, I think you have to be really on top of your game and expect class time to look different. Everyone can be learning differently at once and it can get noisy. But, noisy does not mean that learning is absent. Not sure what you mean by control.
I have LOVED giving up control and having students feel free to come up to the board and teach the class, to ask questions, have spontaneous discussion etc.
I think that you are right on. I think that as teachers we are trying to transfer our skills and expertise to our students. We didn't learn by passively doing it. We learned by doing, practicing and getting feedback.
I agree that in a flipped class you do give up control, and let me tell you what a wonderful feeling that is. I’ve always believed that teaching is a partnership between the teacher and student, but in the past I’ve felt that I was doing 80% of the work and the student just did the other 20%. Now I feel that the playing field has been leveled. My students used to be able to sit and passively and listen to me lecture more days a week than I’d like to admit, but now students have to actively engage and work with content everyday. While it has always been the responsibility of the student to do the learning, I feel that this lack of control has shown students I’m not in control of their learning- they are.
This is my third year doing a flipped classroom, but my first year in flipped mastery. I feel like I am constantly at odds with myself in developing the pace at which I should be pushing. I want the kids to feel free to work at their own pace, but that also means that kids will also only go as fast as they are pushed to go. Which has led me to another discovery. I find myself teaching 10-12th graders how to be students. They are so ingrained in the process of "sit and get" that they don't know how to be learners. Is anyone else seeing this?
You are absolutely right. What I then wrestle with is not covering content because we are learning to be better learners. In the long run of their lives, I am comfortable with that.
Since I am primarily only teaching 12th graders, I see this as part of the transition to college. The only other flipper in the school teaches 5th and 7th grade (started this year). Maybe in several years those kids will have developed more as learners at a younger age, or they will have forgotten everything (as they often try to use as an excuse).
Yes, I am teaching freshmen in college- and I am getting a decent amount of resistance. They are claiming that they are teaching themselves because I am not lecturing in class. They do get my lectures- througho video and we practice problems in class. But, there is a group of students that, I feel like, don't want to put in the effort- they just want the grade. And, honestly I don't have the time to teach them how to learn or act like a students. I know what I am doing works, it is just really frustrating when the people I am trying to help/teach aren't receptive to it.