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Building a flipped lesson plan

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Video: Building a flipped lesson plan

Once we have a basic understanding of what the flipped classroom is, the next question to ask is, how do we modify our lessons? As teachers we have hundreds of lessons that we've already created, and so adapting a new philosophy of how we teach can seem somewhat overwhelming because of the fact that we now have to go in and change all this work we've done prior. The reality is, is adapting a current lesson to becoming a flip lesson plan, is actually fairly simple. Let's go ahead and take a look at a very common breakdown of a gradual release lesson plan. Typically, you have some kind of introduction to content.

Building a flipped lesson plan

Once we have a basic understanding of what the flipped classroom is, the next question to ask is, how do we modify our lessons? As teachers we have hundreds of lessons that we've already created, and so adapting a new philosophy of how we teach can seem somewhat overwhelming because of the fact that we now have to go in and change all this work we've done prior. The reality is, is adapting a current lesson to becoming a flip lesson plan, is actually fairly simple. Let's go ahead and take a look at a very common breakdown of a gradual release lesson plan. Typically, you have some kind of introduction to content.

In this particularly gradual release module, we have some introduction in content. Followed by a guided practice. Then, we release the students a little further, to some group work. And then finally, we get down to the independent work, which is often our assessment. And then, to help push mastery of content, we assign an extension activity that takes place outside of class as homework. To take this particular lesson plan format and make it a flipped classroom, all we have to do is re-evaluate what happens outside the classroom. We're going to shift everything up one spot so that the introduction of content happens outside of class, and it happens prior to the class.

Then when students get to the actual class, we're going to have guided practice, group work, independent work, and possibly even an extension activity based on how much time we have available now in our class session. I'd like to also show you how this looks on an actual lesson plan. Here in Microsoft Word, I have a lesson plan that I've used in my actual class. This less plan is for the nervous system and it's for part of my body systems unit. The objective is fairly simple, that I want my students to be able to describe how the brain and nervous system interact with other body systems. As we scroll down and look at this lesson plan, we can see right away that it's a flipped lesson plan.

I can tell, because of given myself a note that prior to class students will have watched the assigned YouTube video and completed their focus group readings. Focus group readings are actually a way that I differentiate my flipped lesson plans. Throughout my body systems unit, students have various focus groups. Each focus group receives an individualized reading that's appropriate to the students in that particular group. As I look at the lesson agenda too, you can see that there is no room for introduction in new material. Right away when my students come in, I have a brief catalyst which is an engagement activity.

We then dive right in to exploration, which is applying the outside learning we had. We have a group extension activity. I leave room for some individual work, which also frees me up to do some one on one work. And then I help my students transition to math by graphing out some brain activity. This is also going to help my math teacher make some real-world connections with what they are currently working on. When I look at the lesson elements, the engagement's really simple. My students are watching a two minute video clip from The Water Boy, where the professor argues about what makes crocodiles angry. For the exploration which the students should be into within the first five to seven minutes of class.

They're going to start right away working in teams, making a list of everything that they know about the brain. They can use their articles, they can use what they saw in the video, and then each team is going to start adding, using the Promethean board for entire group collaboration. Once we feel that the entire class has a pretty good idea of what the brain does. We're going to go ahead and use Mind Meister to create a class collaborative mind map. Each team will have a computer. They will log into a pre-created Mind Meister board, and they will add their own ideas. This way we can capture the learning of the students in a single place.

And then students can continue to access the Mind Meister any time they want to be reminded of what the brain does, and how it controls various body systems. As I scroll down further, the explanation section of this lesson plan is only for students that require more help. During class time, if I have a student that is completely lost, or it's very evident that they were not able to complete the prior to class instruction, I'm going to pull them to the side and give them an online, interactive brain model and a guided note sheet that they can do in class. Not only is this a benefit for students that maybe showed up unprepared, but if for some reason you're flip lesson plan isn't going well I can always bring the whole class together, use a Promethean board to do the class interactive model, and basically turn this into a traditional class.

That's always a nice backup plan just in case your students are not adapting well to the group work environment. So, this time, we've gone through and taken a look at how we can adapt our current lesson plans to be a flipped lesson. Essentially, we're going to take our introduction to new material, and find a way to move it outside of the classroom. The next question we need to tackle is what resources are available to us. So that we can move the introduction of content outside of the classroom.

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  1. 5m 4s
    1. Increasing student collaboration with Flipgrid
      5m 4s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s
  42. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  43. 2m 55s
    1. Real-world learning in the classroom
      2m 55s
  44. 6m 49s
    1. Formative assessments with Pear Deck
      6m 49s

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