ICTCM Preconference

Below are some resources to help you create your flipped classroom.  Here is a copy of part of my syllabus for a flipped statistics class.  Here is another one for college algebra. I also give students a handout on the first day to explain the class structure.  Here is the TI Emulator.  Just download and unzip.  Open the VTI.EXE file.

Steps to creating a flippped (or inverted) class:

1.  Identify the learning outcomes for the course.

  • Don’t just use the book to determine your learning outcomes for the course.  Check with your department.  THere is probably an official list.

2.  Create the in-class experience. This could conist of:

  • worksheets–this is a worksheet where students demonstrate the can solve problems you want them to solve (e.g. Solve 3x – 2 = 7x  + 1).  Or you could have a non-traditional worksheet Group Problems for Test 3.
  • activities–all those activities you have always wanted to do, but didn’t have time.  Now you do.  Here are some resources for activies:
    • Three Act Math–The brainchild of Dan Meyer.  Has several activities catalogued and indexed into 3 acts: (I) Set up an interesting Hook or conflict–Often a video or an image, (II) Makes resolving conflict possible, and (III) The conflict is resolved often via watching the rest of the video, data collection…not looking the answer up in the back of the book.  His water tank problem is the most famous. There is a corolary site called 101Questions you may wish to exlore.  You should read/explore/subsribe to his blog.  It is a avery active blog and a  wealth of information and analyis of math education.
    • Graded Boardwork.  I use a rubric to evaluate them.  Idealy I would fill this out on each student for each problem they do.  In practice, however, I just give them the rubric and tell them that this is how I determine their grade.
    • Projects and presentations.  These can be done individually or as a group.
    • Math in the movies.  Show a clip and then have them do an activity that relates to the clip if possible.
    • Java Applets.  You can bring these up in class.  If possible, let a student “drive” the applet.
    • NRICH Wonderful collection of activities.

Of course, many of the “in-class activities” could just as well be out-of-class activities.

3.  Create the out of class experience.  Determine what students should experience before they come to class.  It may be a video that you made or one that someone else has made.  It is, of course, best if you create at least some (if not most) original content.  I use Camtasia with a tablet PC to create my videos.  You may also want to have them read a portion of the text, do an activity at home, collect data, etc.  Don’t make this part too time consuming.

Here is an email exchange I had where I describe the process.

I also created a mindmap with several resourses I could list here, but would rather just link to the mindmap.

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