I spent all summer in eager anticipation of this. I read books. I applied what I had learned in workshops. I worked and worked and worked to get ready for this. Flipped Learning.
I created a google site for the class. I made video after video after video. I annotated videos. Lately, I had even been inserting quiz questions through EdPuzzle. I had imagined and reimagined what the first day of a flipped class would look like. Students would be excited, impassioned, and would be ready to lead the charge into a new way of education.
And yet, here we were after two days, struggling with app after app, barely getting students on board. Despite the fact that I had tested out access codes beforehand, there were still problems in class. We had spent the first day doing nothing but going over locker procedures. I spoke briefly about Flipped Learning, but didn’t seem to inspire them. I couldn’t even assign a video after two days because not all the students were even on EdPuzzle.
Does this mean that my flipped learning model is doomed? I don’t think so. (I hope not!!!) This is a completely new way of learning for students, and it will take time for them to get the hang of things. It will also take time for me as a teacher to properly design classroom instruction accordingly. This was certainly my “First Attempt in Learning” (otherwise known as FAIL), and I will have many more as I work my way through Flipped Learning.