It’s time to “Spring forward” with my ImagineIT project. As I look back at the fall semester, my students’ discourse improved with the continuous use of Accountable Talk Moves. They use the vocabulary from the units within their discussion groups and whole group discussion. I monitor their small group discussions with ClassDojo points. The group with the most ClassDojo points in their class gets lunch treated by me. I have also started incorporating student led warm-ups and math talks to help facilitate the use of the talk moves and strengthen vocabulary.
The one thing that I’m changing with my ImagineIt project is what the Flipped Classroom will be about. At first, I was imagining that I was going to do videos on prerequisite vocabulary for a new unit, but as I plan for my units and get to know my students well, I see the need to do Flipped Classroom prerequisite procedural knowledge and Flipped current class content that require procedural steps. For example, it would be helpful if I did Flipped lessons on the Distributive Property and the Properties of Equality. These are procedural content that students should know prior to 8th grade. Applying the Pythagorean Theorem is an example of using the formula to solve for a missing leg or hypotenuse that is current for 8th grade curriculum.
As for the Flipped Classroom approach to prerequisite vocabulary, I am going to have to dig deeper and include procedural concepts that students should know prior to a new unit. I have begun to put on Google Classroom, some notes on our current unit so students can refer to when they need to see more examples.
With that said, I wish to not only see myself do Flipped lessons, but for my students to do Flipped lessons, too, as a final project for one of their units.
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