So after much reading and learning about the flipped classroom, I have decided to take the plunge and try out flipped classroom for myself. Much of why and what the flipped classroom is resonated with me. I could see that I wasn't reaching out to every pupil in my class. Some were bored, some where lost, I talked too much during lesson and my pupils were not doing well. I needed a change the way my pupils learned Math. I took a very bold step to begin flipping the topic of Decimals. My wife asked me why I chose to flip such an important and difficult to understand topic. My answer to her was, if the flipped classroom is going to be as powerful as what I understand it to be, then all the more I had to do it for an important and difficult topic like decimals so that my pupils will be able to master this difficult topic better than if I were to teach it using the traditional method.
So I started my planning and created my first video to explain to both my pupils and, more importantly, their parent why I flipped my classroom. I even sent out a letter explaining why and what the flipped classroom is and how, as parents, they could partner alongside their child's learning.
I took comfort in the fact that my pupils were excited when I explained the concept of flipped classroom to them. One of them even asked if I would continue to flip after they completed Decimals.
Creating The First Video Lesson
After setting the stage, it was time to create my first flipped lesson. This was when the going got really tough. As edudemic rightly pointed out in their article 4 Things To Consider Before You Flip Your Classroom, recording time might be longer than you anticipate (thanks @tucksoon and @henryNNN for tweeting this article out) and indeed it was. For a short 13 min video, I took about 5 – 6 hours before I was done with it. What's more, the final video that you see below is actually the second video that I created. When I reviewed my first video, I felt that I was not getting my point across. I was not convinced that I explained the concepts in a clear and concise manner. I knew that my pupils would not benefit from that video. So I went back to the drawing board and did a second video which I felt did a better job explaining the concept of decimals.
Planning is Key
I cannot emphasize enough at the need to plan your lesson. In a way, creating video lessons forces me to be clear and concise in why, what and how I say the things I need to say. The ability to replay the lesson while creating it enables me to constantly review my lesson. That's a huge advantage over traditional lessons. By reviewing my lessons before it goes out to my pupils, I can ensure that I am doing my best to ensure they achieve the learning outcomes.
Do give me your comments and feedback as to how I can improve my videos. Follow me in my journey as I flip my classroom. You can find me at Enoch's Flipped Classroom.