By: Kammas Kersch
I flipped my first lesson during my first year teaching. After attending the NSTA National Conference and hearing Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams speak, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I always recommend to teachers that they start small.
How to get started:
- Pick one lesson to flip. I recommend starting with a lesson that you feel very comfortable with or that you wish you had more time to work one on one with students during. As a chemistry teacher, I started with balancing equations.
- Create your “flip”. I make videos using the Explain Everything app on my iPad, but flipping does not require videos. To flip you must provide the content delivery in a different way so the practice can happen during class time, but how you deliver the information is totally up to you.
- Implement! For my first lesson, I had my students watch the video as the warm up. I try to keep my videos under 10 minutes for my honors and CP classes and in AP chemistry I try to keep them under 20 minutes.
- Redefine your time. The best part about flipping is not videos, it’s the new class time that you have to use. Decide how you are going to use this new time. In my classes, we do a lot of in class practice through interactive sites, POGIL activities, whiteboarding, and group work. I am also able to include more labs and projects during the year.
- Redefine your space. I changed the setup of my classroom once I started flipping because I no longer needed them to be staring at the board. It became much more productive to cluster students in groups to facilitate collaboration and make it easier for me to walk around and work with individual students.
Once you have tried one lesson, iterate! Your lessons don’t have to be perfect. I have loads of videos that you can hear my dog barking or the bell ringing at school. I always suggest breaking your videos up into smaller pieces of content. It makes it easier for students to go back and study and for you to edit if you make a mistake.
Best of luck on your flipping adventure!