Hi! Hooray - others are interested in this too? I've done loads of research and am intending to flip AS mechanics and AS further Maths (edexcel, C1 C2, M1, FP1, FP2, D1) starting this week - eek! VERY happy to share ideas and resources with anyone else giving it a go?
The basic premise:
The standard model for teaching maths is a) explain context b) motivate method c) demo method d) students have a go at the method e) go over the one students tried f) students do practice of the basic method g) students given more stretching/slightly less standard questions to try. Usually we do parts a-e in class then set f-g for homework.
Flipped learning says this is silly (I agree). The hardest part of this process for students is f (because it's boring) and g (because it's hard) so these are the bits we should do in class. a-e are not really very cognitively challenging so could easily be done at home via a video lesson. Furthermore, this method gives students control over when they learn new content and how many times they view it and whether they pause/rewind etc (something they can't do in a traditional lesson). It's all about making the most of the time we do have in class and also working within the 'generation z' expectations of having instant access to information.
The best way to learn about flipped learning is to spend an hour on youtube having searched for 'flipped learning' or 'flipped classroom' and listen to very happy students and teachers being all evangelical about it. It's pretty convincing stuff.
My research has led to the following ideas so far (rather jumbled so far sorry and not tried and tested until later this week...)
ideally students prefer videos made by their own teacher. I have tried using the smart board, a 'flip' video camera and 'explain everything' for the ipad. I also recommend another video (usually from youtube) so the students get another perspective and a chance to consolidate the learning.
videos with one teacher explaining are less watchable than videos with two teachers or a student and a teacher interacting. My latest videos are of me teaching a student or a fellow teacher.
video watching should not be passive. To avoid this I have made booklets to accompany the videos which students fill in. Sometimes by copying the example from the video, sometimes by pausing the video when instructed and having a go themselves then un-pausing the video to check their answers
videos should ideally be 5-8 minutes (this is soooooo hard, some of mine ended up 30 minutes!)
in class the teacher must NOT be tempted to re-teach the material. We are there to facilitate their skill development and understanding through clevery chosen tasks (THIS IS THE HARD BIT FOR ME!!)
sorry that was a bit of a long reply I'll shut up now and get back to my planning! On thursday (in theory) my stuents will come in already knowing how to do bubble sort, quick sort, bin packing and binary search. So what do I do in the lesson?!..... exciting times :)