The article above inspired a few thoughts for me. Teacher Lisa Highfill is speaking about her experiences flipping her class, and I have recently read of teachers to intimidated by the new change and how to begin.
Another thing I think Highfill is doing right is not stressing about a video every day. I think it’s especially important to tell yourself you can start with a trial, and see how it makes you and your class feel. One video—and then ask how it went. Were you proud of it? Did it do what it was supposed to do? Remember, you do have to find/make a quality presentation, but you are saving class time and opening up communication lines. You can also reuse videos (updated when needed) the next semester, year, or even the next hour’s class. The first time, give students at least three days to complete and check to make sure they have access to a computer and internet. Using a site like Flipped Lessons (www.flippedlessons.com) tells you exactly when a student completed the assignment and what they answered on the questionnaire. Public or school computers can be used if not at home. This is nothing new to students in this tech age.
Another very important point made is this:
She is concerned that many people still have a lot to learn about the new method. “I’m so worried that people get the wrong message. They get the feeling that the kids are teaching themselves. That’s not what I’m doing.”
No, the teachers are not slacking. They are using what makes sense and getting more into a class. While parents may not understand this right away, explain what happens during class time. If some are still upset, get your principal on board and invite the parent to sit in during class. This can be a very eye-opening experience for parents. The energy in a working classroom alone can “wow” tough parents (not to mention their child is usually very good that day).