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Sunday, February 11, 2018

#Flipblog Reflection

Trying to figure out best way to keep my geometry flipped class on task. Right now every student is behind the pacing guide. I am worried that students will get to the end of the year and be so far behind. I kind of expected that some would need to finish the class over the summer, but not all.

Pages to add to the Geometry Website

  1. What Is Flipped Mastery
  2. Why do Flipped Learning
  3. Tips for Success
*Might just record a video explaining this 

Redoing the workflow
Students have asked that I have packets instead of practice in google forms. Going to work on creating packets and recording my own videos again. Until then I am going to use the Algebros Resources. 

Mastery Checks
After reading this blog post I have been thinking of going away form a Mastery Quiz to a mastery check. Instead of doing a quiz students would show me their notes, packet, or other activities attached to each skill. I would then have a mini conversation and check for their understanding. Not sure if I would give a score based on this or just tell them they can move to the next section. 

I finally sent out an e-mail to my parents about the changes we have been making in class. This was way to late. 
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Here is the e-mail I sent my parrents

What is flipped Mastery
In a flipped mastery classroom students are expected to master concepts before moving on. Here is an example of the workflow:

  1. Video lesson Students watch video and take notes:
  2. Practice: Students then practice what they just learned in the video.
  3. Apply: Students go deeper with application problems of the concept.
  4. Assess:  We do both formative and summative assessment. Students come do a mastery check (Usually a quiz). On mastery checks students have get a score of 7 (based on the standards based  grading rubric) to move on.  When students are done with a unit they will take a unit test.  Students must get an average of an 8 on all the skills on the unit to move on.  
  5. Remediate: If a student doesn’t pass a mastery quiz or test then students would get appropriate remediation, complete a corrective assignment, and get re-assessed. 
Why
I think it is important to understand why I have moved our class
  1. Student learning: Students all learn at different paces, some fast and some slow! Flipped learning allows students who want to get ahead or dive deeper that opportunity, but students who need more time and practice won’t be left behind.
  2. Student ownership: I want the focus to be on learning by allowing the focus to be on learning on not completing a HW assignment my goal is that students will own their learning. Students are able to focus their time and effort for their needs. I want to empower the students to take control of their learning.
  3. Absent: Students are absent through the year for various reasons and in a traditional class miss important concepts. All the extra make up time required is not efficient for teacher or student. Now with flipped classroom students who miss class can still make up the work or plan ahead if they know they are going to miss class.
  4. College classes: more and more college classes are moving to a flipped or blended model. Check out this article explaining that 55% of all college classes use a flipped model to their class.
Nuts & Bolts
I am still figuring out best practices and the best way to implement but here are some items to keep In mind.
  1. Class time: Students will need every minute of class time. I will give immediate feedback on mastery quizzes as well as give help for each students needs. Other students in class can help as well. Work with other students that are one the same section or ahead. This class is all about learning. It is ok to be struggling, however, it is NOT acceptable to be quiet in your struggle.
  2. Pacing guide: This class is NOT work at your own pace. I have provided a pacing guide that shows the bare minimum pace students can keep to finish the year. Check out the Pacing Guide. It is highly recommended that students work ahead as some sections will require more time and students may be absent throughout the year.
  3. Reporting progress: I am still figuring out the best way to report student’s progress. Most flipped mastery models reports grades when they take a quiz or test. When a student fall behind the minimum pace, a missing grade is usually put into the gradebook. Right now I am putting grades into Renweb at the end of each unit’s deadline in the Pacing Guide. So when Unit PQ-Polygon and Quadrilaterals deadline was up on 1/31 all current scores went into the gradebook. On 2/22 Unit SF-Similar Figures will go into the gradebook. I might have to adjust this as time goes on.
  4. Grown To Sown: I wanted a process for students to reflect and set goals each week. We are using the website Grown To Sown to set goals and reflect on those goals at the end of each week. I am thinking of adjusting the gradebook to give a small percentage for completing each weeks reflection and goals. Students will also track their progress on each mastery quiz as way to see their improvement over time.
Tips for Success for students.
  1. USE EVERYE MINUTE OF CLASS TIME: students that work  hard in class every period will have very little work to be done outside of class:
  2. Get ahead of pace: This is a huge help in case you miss a class or run into a challenging section.  Being ahead of pace ensures that you have a good grade at all times.
  3. No shortcuts: Don't waste time by trying to skim through videos, not check practice solutions, asking for help, or not using headphones to listen to video (Yes, I cannot believe how many will not listen to videos).  You are more likely to fail the mastery check when you cut corners.  This means you will get extra work by doing a Corrective Assignment.
  4. Make up your work: When you miss class, you are missing 40 minutes of math work.  If you miss class, you must make this time up.  That is why getting ahead is so key.  If you plan on missing school for vacation or a field trip, make sure you have access to the videos and packets.  You must complete your work even when you are not in class.

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