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10th Grade Math, NY

I am actually a new teacher

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I am actually a new teacher and it seems that my biggest hurdle thus far has been to leave my preconceived ideas about learning behind. Much of what I know and think about teaching is largely based on how I have learned when I was in school. I feel that I am constantly reshaping my ideas about teaching, and after reading this article I have finally realized I should direct my thinking to become a facilitator of learning who helps kids to learn better.

I am in the process of

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I am in the process of flipping my classroom. My biggest hurdle so far is trying to get students to understand that the work we complete is their notes and they can use it to study for all assessments. Most students believe that the work they complete in science is just classwork, or work that will be collected and graded like an assessment instead of notes that they can use to study for test and complete other assignments. Students believe that copying something from a board or a projected screen is notes.

Another hurdle is time management. It takes students much more time to complete assignments when they aren't given the information. Investigation and researching takes so much more time.

Mathematics Manhattan, NY

I love the idea of flipping

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I love the idea of flipping my classroom, but my concern lies in the tests the students must pass in June. Will my flipped classroom cover all the necessary information? I don't know unless I try. I approach each lesson with the idea that I am teaching young adults skills within the mathematics arena. Will my students willingly explore these skills on their own? I do not know unless I try...

I think that the biggest

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I think that the biggest challenge for flipping my classroom would be having students actually watch the videos at home. I have trouble getting them to do homework, and because my school is a 1:1 laptop school, I am afraid that my students would put off watching the videos and waste class time they could be using to practice. That said, I love the idea of a flipped classroom, and would like to start slowly moving in that direction. Perhaps having the students do activities where they practice watching the videos and gleaning information first?

10th Grade Living Environment Biology Teacher from NYC

My biggest hurdle to flipping

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My biggest hurdle to flipping the classroom is finding good resources/software for videotaping. I agree with the author that it requires re-thinking assessments and possibly providing tiered assignments and assessments to provide multiple access points. Thanks for a great article--lots to think about!

4th grade math teacher in FL

I would definitely start with

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I would definitely start with baby steps. Perhaps show your video in classes first. Even an hour lecture can be taught "first" in 15 minutes or so by watching the lecture straight through. Then have discussion or activities. One thing I like about having the videos, is that the lecture is delivered in a smoother manner. I always have a "Your turn!" at the end for students to respond to a quick ? WIthout the video, I am EXACTLY like the guy (whose name I can't remember) said this his lectures were something like, "Now, class, I need you to write this----Johnny, sit down, please. Now, class, back to these notes, make sure that you underline this sentence that says---Susie, I need you and Mary to switch you seats back.. thank you. Again, class, it's important that you note--Bill, spit your gum out please..." and on and on it went. With the video, I became my own teacher's assistant and could do class management while the video was playing. I must admit, following the threads on this particular article is making me more determine to chisel out time to create a few videos....

I think the biggest hurdle

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I think the biggest hurdle would confidence in the students outside work. How do you ensure that students are taking the initiative and making an effort outside of your classroom?

HS Biology/General Science Teacher

I teach in a province that

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I teach in a province that has a government mandated final exam worth 50% of a students' grade. It is multiple choice and numerical response and we have a strict curriculum to follow. I am very nervous about flipping my class because there is so much material to cover in a semester. I am worried about that exam killing kids who are learning the content "on their own" in a manner of speaking. I totally understand that some kids may learn better in a non-traditional manner. If I'm being honest, I suppose I am not sure that I know the best practice for flipping a class, therefore I am leery of my ability to teach this way and I don't want it to be a detriment to my students with such high stakes at the end of the course. I guess I just need to research and learn more myself, maybe an implementation of flipped class in "baby steps" is a way to have the best of both worlds?

Teacher, Author, Speaker, Educational Consultant, Flipped Class Pioneer

This is a great question, but

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This is a great question, but one that takes a lot to answer. Remember, we did this in a HS Chemistry class. So it can be done--and I would, and do--argue it was safer and better than my first 19yrs. You can read more about it in the 2nd half of our book: Flip Your Classroom-Reach Every Student in Every Class Every day.

Teacher, Author, Speaker, Educational Consultant, Flipped Class Pioneer

I think you are going to have

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I think you are going to have to let it be a bit messy for awhile while you figure out what amount of control to give up. Each kid is different so it may vary by kid. Now that is a scary thought....Let EACH kid have the control THEY are ready for.

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