Flipped Classroom / description - What is a "Flipped Classroom?"
This year, I plan to post one lesson each week on my classroom website www.smithclass.com. Students will be expected to watch and take Cornell Notes on the lesson outside of class or to use the one day of in class time provided to watch the online videos. This will provide our class more time to have classroom discussions, work on classroom activities, or to work in small groups, illustrating maps and graphs, researching opinions, and reviewing notes. The idea it to let students independently review lectures so that there is more time for subject review with the teacher and to have a deeper classroom exploration of the lesson.
While I know that many students have direct access to computers and Internet at home, I also realize that many students do not. Some who do have weekend access, may have sports, clubs, or other activities at night that interfere with computer access. Because of this, I am offering 8th graders one day a week that they can sign up and spend their lunch in my "Internet Cafe" classroom. This time, once a week, will be available for all students to complete weekly flipped classroom homework, work on projects, or retake tests. I will also plan to provide some in class technology time to students who have communicated their needs.
Please know that no student needs to worry about home access.