Addressing Student Preparation and Motivation in the Flipped Classroom

Student preparation and motivation is one of the challenges we face when teaching using flipped and active learning models. If students aren't prepared for class, then it makes it difficult to do the activities where they apply, analyze, and create something based on their pre-class work.

To address this challenge, I published a series of articles in Faculty Focus. Since this series was so helpful for other instructors, I thought I'd make it easy for you and share all of the links to the articles in one place! 

Article 1: 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.

Article 2: 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?" 

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 to address 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.

Article 3: Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First Five Minutes of Class

And finally, here are 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 based on my book FLIP the First 5 Minutes of Class: 50 Focusing Activities to Engage Your Students. Since focusing activities can vary in 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.

Do you have other strategies to share to help increase student motivation in flipped and active learning classrooms? Share your ideas in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading!

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