It is too soon for a year-in-review retrospective blog post, but I already acknowledge this as a year of experimentation, trial & error, frustration & doubt, with a fair amount of failure.
Most recently I tried flipping in an unfamiliar way, the plan for which I described in a February post. I understand why I did this, and it might have gone more smoothly without 2 snow days and a 1-week vacation, but I do not plan to try again:
- I didn't know what students didn't know until it was too late. They took a "quickie quiz" (example in the middle image below) at the start of class on the video lesson's due date. I told them the purpose was to check the quality of their own notes, but they weren't graded officially. That was too trusting of my 8th graders.
- It took a loooong time to properly read and score each assessment: a total of about 7-8 hours. Granted, that was the only student work I had to grade that week. Maybe you spend a similar amount of time on grading, but I'm not used to it. I would rather spend some of that time preparing strong class activities, or communicating more directly with students.
* minus about 12 due to several days of standardized testing in May, Step-Up Day and a 3-day trip to NYC in June, and 3 days of closure/rehearsal/graduation at the very end....