I am curious about how to better serve my students’ unique learning needs and how I can allow them to more effectively access the grade six curriculum. I consider myself to be not just a teacher-researcher, but a teacher-experimenter and my classroom is my lab. My hypothesis is that a flipped classroom will allow my students to more effectively engage in concepts and better utilize classroom time in order to receive more support.
Presently, I have recorded two trial videos on commas (part one and part two) that I will assign my students to watch for homework next week. I have also created a Google Form for them to complete after they have watched the video to show their consolidation of learning and more effectively allow me to group students for instruction: if they rock the mini-quiz, they may get put in a support group to simply check in and ensure they understand the new writing concept. If their quiz shows they need some support, they will be placed in a smaller group and receive more focused following up to review the concepts in punctuation.
In order to slowly ease in to this experiment, I will start with basic writing concepts to allow their creative writing to improve through small-group workshops. I will collect feedback from students (and parents, if possible) to decide whether other subject areas (reading skills, social studies) could also get flipped.