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Here are the thoughts and questions from Visitor #2, as well as my attempt to answer this teacher's questions to the best of my ability.
I cannot thank you enough for sharing your "flipped" classroom with us on Friday. I loved how the classroom was a student-centered working environment. Also, I thought that the students having access to watch the videos in the classroom was essential for classroom management and optimized the learning experience for ALL students.My response:
A couple concerns that I had were when and how students take their quizzes and assessments. I see this area as one where excessive cheating may occur. Also, I am not quite sure how I would work this with a block schedule. Despite the work load that is involved with this amazing idea, I truly do feel that it would be better for all students.
I plan to play with this idea of a flipped classroom for both my Algebra 1and Pre-Calculus Honors classes. As of right now I do not believe I will go with a complete flip. Good luck and THANK YOU for all of your hard work and dedication to our youth. Teachers like you are what inspire the world's greatest ideas :)
At the beginning of the year, there is a lot more structure and guidance for the quizzes as the students learn my expectations and the fact that the quizzes are there to help guide them and monitor their progress as a learning tool, and not as a "final judge". As the year goes on, I am able to give them more freedom. Do students still take advantage of the system and cheat? I'm sure they do, sadly. I've realized that a student who wants to cheat will find a way to cheat. However, it's pretty easy to tell when they pass all of their quizzes and then don't do so well on the test, and I have individual conversations with those students about my concerns.