This new definition of homework (and also the classwork) violates their conceptions of school, so it requires some adjustment. By now, I think most students have an idea what to expect because my teaching style is "famous" in the building. Most of them still really need direct instruction in how to watch video lessons, and that's a key focus of the first 3 weeks.
I always do a year-end survey, which I've blogged about elsewhere. My 'job approval rating' hovers around 70-80%, which is fairly acceptable; the disapproval has always been 5% or less, and I'll take that too. Digging deeper into the data, though, I get some interesting critiques in response to the open-ended questions. These surveys are almost never anonymous, so I can align students' survey responses with their class performance and work habits.
I categorized the critical feedback in four groups, each with between 1 and 10 respondents:
- the Luddites: Edpuzzle doesn't work consistently on their computer, or they are "not a fast typer", or "it's digital and something sometimes goes wrong" ... which is true but I also know that textbooks and worksheets get lost or left behind and there are other problems with analog systems
- the Grade-Grubbers: "It's harder to get an 'A' now" was written on a couple cards, and there were 4 other similar critiques. They must go beyond the information stated in the video lesson to meet the standards-based criteria for Advanced work -- but I let them go back to revise their responses after the related class discussions, so my conscience is clear.
- Traditionalists who feel guilty and/or confused that they can keep the video lesson open while writing the GoogleForm summary. "It feels more proper to take a quiz in the classroom," wrote one student. I think that's cute.
- Fundamentalists who believe that "the quizzes were about memorizing and I think that's the way to learn", or expressed a similar perspective. Four students seemed to prefer that form of learning. Well kids, you will have plenty of teachers in your schooling career who will meet that expectation.
No matter how carefully you construct your flipped class, I believe you are quite likely to experience at least 1 of each type of critical student. That alone doesn't mean you are doing this wrong. In fact, in some ways, that means you ARE succeeding to subvert the dominant paradigm and to teach students the way they deserve (not just the way they feel cozy and familiar).