Key Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Class
I am preparing to do a workshop with Icelandic Educators this week and I was asked to give them a list of questions to consider as they begin to flip their classes. As I wrote these I realized that many people could benefit from these questions. It is no doubt an incomplete list. If you have more questions that I should include, please comment and I will add them.
- What is the best use of your face-to-face class time?
- What is one lesson that you teach that is perfect for flipping?
- As you start flipping, who will you work with?
- Are you willing to give up some of the control of your classroom to your students? This is a scary thing for many teachers who like control.
- If you flip, WHAT will you do in your class now that you are not lecturing?
- Do you need additional resources since you will now have more time to do in-class higher order thinking and problem solving as a result of the extra time?
- How will you rearrange your room as you consider flipping your classroom?
- To what extent will you create vs curate your videos?
- Will you completely flip your class, or just do selected lessons?
- How will you learn more about flipped learning (books, the web)?
- How much time do you have to commit to flipping your classroom?
- How will your students access your videos? Do you have any students who will need to access the videos when NOT connected to the internet?
- If you teach multiple classes: Which class will you flip first?
- Have you considered moving to a Flipped-Mastery model?
Technical Questions about Video Creation:
- What software will you use to make your videos?
- Do you need any hardware like a better microphone or a tablet to write with?
- Where will you post your videos? (YouTube? Somewhere else?)
- How will you link your videos from your Learning Management System?
- How will you monitor if the students watched the video?
- How will you grade their watching of the videos?
- How will you build in interactivity into your video lessons? (A Google form? Notes on paper? a A question? Something else?)
- What are you going to do when a student doesn’t watch your video?
- How will you change your assessment as a result of flipping your class?
- How will you communicate what you are doing with your administration?
- How will you communicate what you are doing with your students?
- How will you communicate what you are doing with your parents?
Jonathan Bergmann is the co-author of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Classroom Every Day. He believes that educators should ask one guiding question: What is best for my students in my classroom? To the best of his abilities, he has done this in his 25 years as a high school science teacher. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named a semifinalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. He is currently the lead technology facilitator for the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill. He is the father of three teenagers and is happily married to the love of his life. You can purchase a copy of Flip Your Classroom here.