Flipped Classroom PD - Let the adventure begin!

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Flipped Classroom PD - Let the adventure begin!

On January 17 and 19, two of my colleagues and myself will be starting an action research project on the flipped classroom.  My colleagues are none other than Brian Bennett (@bennettscience) and Brian Bobbitt (@MrBrianBobbitt).  If you have read my blog at all, you know how I feel about the flipped classroom and I'm not going to revisit why I'm passionate for this ideology in this post.  However, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I'll respond.

Towards the end of last semester Brian Bobbitt created a weebly website and sent it out to the staff in our corporation to find out the level of interest in the flipped classroom model.  We had a tremendous response and that is why we were given the days for professional development.

As of right now, we have 63 teachers, coaches, or administrators signed up for the professional development days and 17 spots left to fill.  It is going to be a great time and I can not wait for Brian, Brian, and I to share our knowledge and to learn from our participants.  However, I'm more excited about the potential impact this could have on our students and our district.

I hope that from these PD days that we will spark teachers interest and encourage them to find a way to make their students the center of their classroom.  We will be following up with teachers and collecting data throughout the second semester, the summer, and next school year.  The Brians and I will be providing support throughout this entire project and, I'm sure, learning a lot ourselves along the way.

Flipping the classroom is not the answer to solving all of the flaws in our education system.  However, neither is doing nothing and continuing on like nothing is wrong.  I look forward to blogging more about this over the next 2 years.

Now I look to you, if you were attending a one day PD session on the flipped classroom, what would you want to learn?  Please leave your answers below in the comments.


  1. Thanks for giving me a new favorite quote about the flipped classroom - "Flipping the classroom is not he answer to solving all of the flaws in our education system. However, neither is doing nothing . . . "

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Thank you! It's going to be an exciting project and I can not wait to get it off and running! I appreciate your support and for all the work you do in education!

  3. My situation is not typical, so I don't know how useful this is, but what the heck. I would like to hear ideas for flipping in the live, virtual environment, which is where I teach. Otherwise, I would love to hear about the non-technical stuff, like establishing a flow to the classes within a unit. I am looking to design units so that there is a time/activity that naturally lends itself to individual work, then group work, etc.

  4. Audrey -

    Thank you for your comment. I would like to know more about what you teach in the virtual environment. Are you delivering a lot of content live or are your sessions more discussion based on prior knowledge or reading?

  5. Hi Brett! And thank you for answering and tweeting - not a lot of people do either!

    I teach high school math, and I have been doing the flip for about a year now. All or most of the content is delivered via recorded lessons on voicethread, so that the kids can leave comments/questions, which we then pick up on in the next class. So whatever we do in class, whether individual discussions or group ones, is based on something they are already supposed to have some familiarity with.

    I already have come a long way in my flipping journey, and I've written reams about it on my blog. I use voicethread, camtasia, and googledocs like crazy. Most of the ideas I come up with, which are obviously designed for my situation, are doable in any situation. Which leads me to suspect that I may be mistaken to think that there is any real difference between what I am doing and what brick and mortar teachers are doing to flip, but still....

    It's just that not seeing my kids makes continuity, group cohesiveness, and follow-up quite a challenge, but one that is much more manageable in the flipped class. And I dream of a day when there will be tons and tons of flippers teaching online to compare notes with!

    The idea of flow, however, is something that everyone who is flipping has probably dealt with. Since the teacher is not the focus of the class, and each student could potentially go at their own pace, I am aiming to design sequences of activities that feel, to the student, that between the time we start and finish a unit, not only are they are gradually more and more independent, confident, and open-minded as individuals, but the class as a whole feels like we have all been on a journey together....

    Anyway, I appreciate your invitation for input on what to cover on a ped day, because anything that anyone wants to tell me at this point is a gift! I hope you get a lot more input here - and I look forward to hearing ALL about you and Brian and Brian's project!

  6. Thanks for this interesting classroom description.

    The Classroom