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Michelle Phillips is a science teacher and flipped classroom enthusiast based in McKinney, Texas. She’s also a SMART Exemplary Educator and frequent participant in Tuesday night #SMARTee chats on Twitter. Michelle recently presented at Allen ISD’s Annual Flipped Classroom Conference and here’s what she had to say. This post was originally published on Michelle’s blog techwithmichelle.wordpress.com. Used with permission.
By Michelle Phillips
Last week I attended Allen ISD’s 2nd Annual Flipped Classroom Conference cohosted by Flipped Learning. Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams started out the day discussing the best practices in the Flipped Classroom and sharing their journey during the last six years. You can check out their websites as well as some of the videos they shared by going to the Google Docs page. Bergmann and Sams suggested starting with a flipped lesson or recording your lessons and slowly working up to flipping your class.
Flipping the SMART Way
I presented a breakout session during the day about flipping the classroom with SMART products. I started flipping lessons in my 6th grade science classroom last year. As a SMART Exemplary Educator and SMART Certified Trainer, I love using my SMART Board and SMART Response in my classroom and found engaging ways to incorporate them into the flipped model of learning.
The way I started becoming more familiar and comfortable with the flipped model is very similar to how Bergmann and Sams started out. I would create interactive SMART Board lessons to use in my class, record them and post to my website. This gave students that were absent a great way to get the missed concepts and for students that were in class a way to review. My very first flipped lesson was on the concept of force and motion. I usedSMART Notebook software to create a lesson and then used SMART Recorder to video it and then posted it on my website. I used a learning contract to guide student activities that pertained to the concepts from the video. Students could work at their own pace and I was available to support them as they learned through inquiry. I slowly incorporated more flipped lessons throughout the year and also included aspects of project-based learning. My students started using SMART Notebook to create lessons and their own videos. Students also enjoyed the immediate feedback they received from using SMART Response.
Student reaction to flipping
Using the flipped model in my classroom last year was a huge success. The students loved the differentiation and personal attention I was able to provide and parents enjoyed knowing what their students were learning. The most important thing I learned last year was that there is no right way to use the flipped model. It can look different from one classroom to the next. You have to decide what is the best use of your face-to-face class time (Bergmann and Sams). For me, sometimes this means direct instruction and other times it was class discussion or lab activities.
My students were thrilled to share how they used SMART products during a SMART Texas Virtual User Group Webinar. The link to this recording and other resources from my classroom can be found on my blog.
About Michelle Phillips
Michelle Phillips is a science teacher and flipped classroom enthusiast based in McKinney, Texas. She’s also a SMART Exemplary Educator and frequent participant in Tuesday night #SMARTee chats on Twitter. You can follow Michelle on Twitter using the handle @gobluefamily and visit her blog http://www.techwithmichelle.com.