Flippady do da Flippady day

How do I flip the classroom with reading?  Flippady do da, Flippady day – that is my response!

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Photo Credit: Justin Ornellas via Compfight cc

I have heard about flipping and even tried it a couple of times last year with my Humanities class.  The success was not overwhelming plus the time was daunting so I slowly began to transition back to my normal routine.  After all, learning was still taking place, essential questions were posted and the outcomes were acheived.  However, the one thing that has always haunted me, stressed me and gave me gray hair is EFFICIENT use of my time in the classroom.

Julie Schell wrote a convincing article about flipping the reading classroom titled, Common Core.

Since I have flipped my class, I have actually gained time to ensure that my students are progressing toward the common core. I have time to walk around the classroom and by watching them perform key learning tasks,  I really get to know exactly where each student is in their progress toward each standard. Whether it is having writer’s workshops one on one, or walking around during a Socratic Seminar discussion of literature, I can easily assess each students’ level of proficiency and guide them toward further progress.   I am only able to do this because of flipping my classroom. I decided a long time ago that the best use of my class time is not lecture or giving rote memorization exercises. Although I can’t get rid of those things completely, I refused to let content coverage take my class time away from my students. Students don’t need me to be there when they are taking notes on Chaucer; they need me when they are reading it, thinking about it, and puzzling through the text.

Teaching at my current school where we can’t assume that all students have access to the internet, the flipped classroom has proven to be an obstacle.  However, my goal has always been to teach more effective and engaging ways of reading comprehension.  Looking at the Socratic Seminar approach gives me hope in allowing students to read the text at home (maybe even providing an audio version to differentiate for some students) and then coming prepared the next day for discussion and questioning.

I love it!  That is a start for me!

Flippady I will do!


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One Response to Flippady do da Flippady day

  1. Profile photo of Jeff Utecht Jeff Utecht says:

    Love that you are excited about this…I think there is something here for sure that we can build on. A big part of the flipped approach is personalizing the learning time in the classroom. It means students are all working on different levels…almost a gamification approach where they “level up” as they pass specific parts. It means re-imagining the classroom to be something completely different….and that’s the hardest part but also the most rewarding.


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