Since January, I’ve been writing an ongoing series of articles for the Faculty Focus newsletter about some of the challenges we all face in the flipped classroom. I’m not sure how many of you read Faculty Focus, but I highly recommend adding it to your inbox. Colleagues from around the world openly share ideas and advice so you can enhance your teaching and connect with your students.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting some amazing feedback from readers as they share their experiences and add to the conversation.
Since this series has been so helpful for other educators, I thought I’d take a moment to share all of the articles in one place here on my blog. I hope you’ll find these helpful!
Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work
I kicked off the series with one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from faculty everywhere: “How do you encourage students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared?” In Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work, you can review the three strategies (1) Ticket to Enter, (2) Choose a Side, and (3) Pass-the-Problem “Cheat” Sheet (or Resource Sheet). Take a look at the article to learn more about these strategies and the importance of making your expectations clear.
Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom
A few days after the first article was published, a reader emailed me and asked, “What if students STILL aren’t coming to class prepared?” So, I decided to dig a little deeper and bring in the discussion about student motivation. In Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom, you can review five different approaches for addressing students who are not motivated or who are still struggling to complete their pre-class work. Take a look at the article to learn more about why students may not be motivated and what you can do.
Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First Five Minutes of Class
And finally, this month’s article features three focusing activities you can use to engage students in the first five minutes of class time. Why use a focusing activity? When you use a focusing activity, you are making it easier for students to connect their pre-class work to their in-class work. You’re also encouraging them to come to class prepared because they know they will use their pre-class work as soon as they walk in the door.
I selected three of the strategies from my new book FLIP the First 5 Minutes of Class: 50 Focusing Activities to Engage Your Students. Since focusing activities can vary in the the level of prep time needed, I chose three strategies with high, medium, and low preparation times. I hope this is helpful if you decide to integrate focusing activities into your classroom. Read the complete article.
Stay tuned! I am writing 4 more articles in this series throughout the summer. If you have questions or topics you’d like me to cover, reach out on Twitter (@barbihoneycutt) and share your thoughts! Or, complete this 1 question survey and tell me what you’d like to learn about the flipped classroom model.
Thanks so much for reading!