Algebra 1 Part 1 (objective-based questions)
Algebra 1 Part 2 (free response questions)
Math Analysis Part 1 (objective-based questions)
Math Analysis Part 2 (free response questions)
- "Vocab charts" - chart paper on the walls and students have to add information to them throughout the week - descriptions, pictures, formulas, etc. The charts stay up on the walls and we add to them daily. A great way to get students out of their seats and writing what they know about. The charts are organized in "Thinking Maps", so there are Circle Maps, Tree Maps, etc to organize the concepts.
- Oral Quizzes - We had our "5 minute WSQ chats" where students went over the discussion questions I posed to them in their WSQ the previous night. However, instead of doing individual group interviews, I did whole-class oral quizzes. It was actually quite amazing, and I can't wait to see some of it that was caught on video on Wednesday. Basically, I tell the students that I need to see them talking, motioning with their arms, etc during the "answer" portion and that there must be 100% engagement. So, I ask a question, and the students start talking - to me, to themselves, to their partner, to someone across the room. It's kind of fun because some of them get so into it they are almost shouting. Having them motion the answers with their arms while talking about it is great as well. It is SO easy to spot the kid that doesn't know what is going on. Also, you can still move around to the different groups throughout the "quiz" so each group is held accountable for being heard more closely exactly what they are saying. Oh, and the kids loved it, too :)
- Projects - I don't really want to call this a "project", but I can't think of what else. Basically, at the end of teaching Concepts 1-4 (today), I had the students do an assignment that would assess their knowledge and connections of everything we had learned in a way that wasn't just "practice problems" and "worksheet problems". They had to create, write, and graph their own four-part and five-part piecewise graphs with given specifications on what type of functions must be included in their equations. Then, they had to write limit statements, one-sided limit statements for jump discontinuities, the value of the function at the discontinuities, the intervals of continuity, and then at least three "HOT" facts about their graph. It was a great way to get them thinking and working that was NOT a normal/regular/boring classwork assignment. And, THEY had to come up with everything, so they were fully creating their own content!
3. Fully online WSQ
- I enjoy it so much more then past units. It helps me focus on the tasks at hand in class. And the reviews at the beginning are nice too (: .
- I like fully online WSQs more because since I already typed it, I find rewriting it a bit tedious. I remember my answers so all I really need for the discussion is the question, which is on the WSQ chart.
- I prefer fully online.
- I like the online WSQ, because I dislike writing in my notebook. I think the discussions were better in class, because it made sure that we actually memorized the information, as opposed to just looking at our answers in our notebook.
- Fully online wsq takes longer because you have to do EVERYTHING online and not in your notebook. Yet, having to do everything online forces me to do the secret questions and my whole sss part for that concept or else i wont have the answers for the wsq. I like discussing as a class it's fun :) and it educational too YAY! we all get to shout out the answers and give examples and work together while doing a live quiz
- the discussions in class have been going well i feel that i stay on my class with who ever i am discussing the concepts with and i feel that the efficiency as well as the overall understanding of the material is much better.
- Fulling submitting our wsq online has been an experience because now we have to memorize our answer because everyday we are asked different question. we forced to remember the question which means on test day there shouldn't be a problem because we are constantly being reminded a detailed explanation of the question
- It was okay for me. I was able to memorize Unit U because it was not much and the notes are in front of me. Fully writing online makes for less hassle with paper, but I enjoy having the choice between handwritten and online. Handwritten sometimes because when I watch on my phone, I can't type on my phone. So given the option to handwrite makes it easier :)
- I don't think that it actually helped because I usually forget my answers when I get to class.
- Having the discussions in class after the videos really cleared up small misunderstandings or helped us remember important concepts. I felt comfortable knowing the videos are online for my reference if I needed to rewatch something as well.
- I feel that it is helpful because us students know what we did wrong. Pros: There is more of a chance for us to get help. Cons: Students have the chance to cheat more.
- I think that is more helpful because there are some questions I just don't know sometimes and resubmitting allows me to get the blue signature even if I don't know something, just as long as I figure it out later.
- I don't think resubmitting is necessary. When I'm wrong i tend to realize it during the WSQ in class and I learn the correct answer.
- I think that it is a good idea to keep resubmitting until it's perfect, because then it ensures that we actually learned the correct material, and aren't just doing it to get it done. I actually learn from it, because then I have to go back and review my mistakes. On the other hand, there might be other students in the class who choose the easy way out, but it's their grade that gets affected. The pros are that it makes sure we pay attention and that we know the correct information, and the cons are that it might be easier to cheat from others.
- It's kind of annoying because if we don't do it right the first time then we have to keep resubmitting it but it is helpful. I learn from it because eventually i get the correct answer. Pro: we learn our lesson to do it right the first time, we learn the right answer to questions we don't know Con: people might cheat
- Well doing it over and over again until you understand what you are doing is a good idea because in the end there is practically no way you can't understand the concept if you are actually doing the work. i really don't think it would be worth BSing or cheating your way through a WSQ because then you get nothing out of it and then there is a gap left in your knowledge of the material which will end up biting you in the behind so personally i find it would help me expand my ideas because it motivates me to add that extra detail and to revise my work.
- I think us submitting the wsq until its perfect is great because now we know if we are missing part of a question, for example i thought i completed the WSQ but i was missing a part and the part I missed is a big deal. If feel like i learn more because i know if I'm not explaining something correctly. Pros is that we learn from our mistake and cons would be some people can't go back but that shouldn't be an excuse.
- The resubmission works for some things like the project [their Trig Graphing Project has to be resubmitted until it's 100%], but resubmitting everything will probably increase the likely chance of cheating/BSing. Pros are that once one understands the answer one feels accomplished and resubmitting reinforces the understanding after so many tries. Cons are that resubmission may increase the chance of cheating because of the want to finish in one go. Students may feel they should just copy to get it down once. Also, after many tries of not getting the answer, one may continue to BS or forget it.
- I think that it is helpful because we are forced to pay attention during the videos. A pro is that we learn the concept. The con is that we might already know the information because of class time and it wastes time if we have to go back and edit our responses.
- I think resubmitting really helps because I see that reviewing mistakes is a great way to learn. I do not cheat or asdf my way through the work just to get it done because I understand that it's important for my education, and I know the people around me work hard to understand the material. (I can't say anything about other classmates because I don't really pay attention to what they do...) :) Pros: LEARNING! learning, and learning. Cons: possible cheating? time (but it's worth it)"
- It did help, this chapter included a lot of work and it was hard work. Getting to chose the videos helped me because not all students are the same.
- i think picking my own videos was beneficial because it me helped think about what I actually need help on and focus on what I'm falling behind on.
- I think it was beneficial only because we got to choose the concepts that we need more help on.
- For me it was beneficial because I got to review before the test and chose the parts I struggled on.
- I love this idea because it helps the students that are struggling get help. Also, it's nice to have one on one time with the teacher and having her work out the problem in front of you. I like having the chance to write on the board and working on the problems in groups.
- I haven't been in one but i think they're good; it looked like it was helpful.
- i think the small group sessions helped me understand some concepts a little clearer than i had before.
- It's very helpful.
- I think it helps other students to get it more and how to do it. I think you should show us step by step on every problem. Today we took almost the whole period trying to solve the problem and now I'm going to get a red signature -____- [clarification on this comment: this is one of my 30% students and she was basically asking me to do every problem for her step by step. So, she wants me to do every problem for her in video step by step, and then come to class and do every problem for her in class step by step. It took less than 5 minutes for me to do the problem with them as a group, but once they tried #2 in their group, they literally spent the next 30 minutes of class working on it. Class time is to support students, but to a certain extent it is to have them learn how to do the problems independently and without hand-holding help]
- I like it a lot because we basically get to understand a problem that we didn't understand "more" and it's really helpful to me because we can help each other in groups for the same problems we need help on.
- I think that it helps because you explain step by step, and you can join only if you feel like you need more examples.
- well its a good idea that it would make us to get a good head start that we need help on and that we all have to work on it as a team
- I like the small group lessons because I can ask anyone in my group on a question I don't understand.
- This is a good idea because it tells the student that they are not on task. When a student is not on task Mrs. Kirch gives them a warning not to get off task. If they do not listen, they will be isolated from everyone else. [Great to mention that students do get warnings before being sent to Isolation...they have a chance to change their behavior]
- I think its really good because I honestly think that people take advantage of all the time you give us and this makes them have no choice but to get in check. [Agreed - many students don't finish the classwork I give them, not because it's too long, but because they aren't on task. I'm thinking of having classwork assignments due by the end of the period much more often next year.]
- I think it's kinda funny to see people stare at a wall but i like it because the room is quieter and its a better working environment
- My opinion is good so kids can learn how to keep up and do their work at school instead of at home.
- I think it's a good method because that way the people who can't focus can focus more better because the people that didn't want to focus are quiet now. [Funny, but true... the students that don't want to focus sometimes sit in the corner doing nothing - yes I still have those students, the flipped classroom hasn't solve all! But, at least they aren't distracting others.]
- My opinion is that its a good thing. because I realize that I do not want to be by myself, and it keeps me more concentrated because I'm away from my friends and get distracted much less.
- Well isolation cabin is a great idea because we don't need to get distracted with the crazy students. [lol. I love how this student describes them as "the crazy students"]
As I mentioned above, I hosted a webinar on Wednesday and was able to share about why I flipped my classroom, the benefits of flipping for teachers and students, and gave examples of what my flipped classroom looks like and how I've made it work wonders in my classroom. I hope were able to make it; if not, enjoy the archive.
There were a lot of questions asked in the webinar that I wasn't able to get answered in our time allotment, so I wanted to answer them at some point. I will be doing a post in the near future with some more thoughts/answers on the questions posed.
If you haven't checked out my Blogroll on the right hand side of other flipping teachers, do so! It is only through sharing and community that we learn and grow! Also, be sure to use #flipclass on twitter to join in the conversation. If you are a "flipper" and a "blogger" and don't see your blog on the right, please let me know. I would love to follow you and read up on your experiences!
1. A student who has another math teacher but has been coming to me for tutoring during lunch the last few weeks: "Mrs. ____ is thinking about flipping next year, and I think it is such a great idea. That way we can get the lesson at our own pace and get all of our questions answered in class. I would love it!"
2. My student who doesn't love the flipped classroom, but goes along with it, said this to me: "You're known across the campus for being the teacher who uses "flipped classroom"". I asked him if that was a good thing or a bad thing, and what students "on the outside" think about it right now. He replied: "It is actually a good thing because other teachers are using your methods to teach their classes. It is quite useful in many cases such as AP chemistry because we were able to get a second lecture after returning home, though other students think otherwise."
"Can my friends request to have you as a teacher next yearr because they want to have a
"My friends in [other teacher's] class always watch your videos to get help"
2. Isolation Cabin for Algebra 1
2. Begin coming up with activities students can do to apply their knowledge or practice their knowledge in different ways once they get the basics. Again, this is something I think may just start to happen over the summer or next year since right now it's just crazy.
All Reflections from This Year can be Found Here.