First Flip

posted Aug 14, 2013, 5:46 PM by Emily Kroutil
So, remember how I told you I was flipping my physics class this year?  Well, today was the first flip.  I told the kids and their parents about it at open house and walked them through some of the logistics on the first day, but today wee actually did it.

Some kids came in and had already watched the videos even though I had told them they didn't have to.  That was cool. Some said they even watched them multiple times until they "got" it.  That was even cooler.  I had them give me a show of hands of who brought a device that could access the Internet.....99% of them had one.  Most were smart phones, some had tablets, and even a few had laptops.  I had some Chromebooks for them if they wanted them, but most were content to watch on their smartphone/tablet.

I also had to pass out headphones.  They were the really nice Apple ones with a microphone and everything, but you know, at the end of the day, I had all of them back.  Not one walked.  I was a little worried about this one...

At first, when they were all watching the videos (and some were working), it was quiet.  Like, eery quiet.  But as they started to get to working on the "homework" (practice problems), they started coming to me for questions, asking each other questions (and answering with phrases from the videos....), asking to see the key to check their answers.  This was also cool.  It was nice to be able to answer their questions individually.

I'm looking forward to the time when they are all at different spots and all doing different things, but all doing what is best for them.  Some even took the online quiz.  Others had everything done, but said they wanted to watch the videos again or check the "homework" one more time before they took the quiz - just to make sure they had it down.  This was also good.

Today was only day 1, and I know we're still in the honeymoon phase, but I'm liking it so far - and I think they are too. One student told me that he had to watch one of the videos 4 times to "get it", but after the 4th time he got it.  I explained to him that was what is so cool about the videos - when I'm teaching to the whole class, I can't explain the same thing 4 times because it takes too much time, but with the videos, you get it as much as you need it."  Ad he replied, "Well, thank you."

Can it get better than that?