• thomasc3 wrote a new post, Self Regulated Learning in the Flipped Class, on the site chemteacher 5 years, 2 months ago

    If self-regulated learners need to be aware of their academic strengths and weaknesses, I worry that many of my Honors students, even some of my AP students have not yet reached this level of maturity.  Students […]

    • The flipped class seems like an interesting concept. An entire class dedicated to doing what I do at the beginning of many of my lessons. I was having questions about whether or not 7th graders can accomplish SRL and I think as they get to high school, in your type of class, that is a great learning experience and forces them to use SRL (sink or swim). I like the idea of lots of feedback so the students know they are on the right track. Do the students generally get on board and get better with the process of self- monitoring and reflecting in your type of course? How do you address the ones who are not doing so well, aside from encouragement? I would like to try one of my lessons this way to see what comes out of it. It may be a good starting point for me, in my middle school class, to begin preparing and modeling srl methods and see how it goes with them.

      • Kim,
        The students usually do finally get on board, when they figure out that I am not changing my teaching method and they are not getting the grades that they want. I have only Honors students and so the grade factor is a great motivator. I cannot be sure if they get any better at self-monitoring, but they do start to come to class better prepared. I use “clickers” to evaluate how prepared they are to move forward with the lesson. They do not like to see that they are behind other in the class and this also motivates them. I probably do not “encourage” those Honors students that are choosing to not use the online resources… I let them know that it is not acceptable to come to class unprepared and that if they are unwilling to prepare for class…. maybe Honors Chemistry is not the place for them. Not politically correct, I know. After I lay it on the line with them… I then let them know that I feel that they are very capable students and I would like to see them become successful in the class. I would say by the middle of the 2nd quarter most students are on board… but not all…. and that is their choice. Starting earlier and much kinder with your young students would certainly help to prepare them for high school and college.

    • Not sure why that posted as “Anonymous” but it was me:)

    • Sarah,
      It has taken me a few years to get the class flipped the way I want and I am still working and struggling with it. I used moodle and My Big Campus before Schoology and making the video lectures is very time consuming. But I do think it is worth the trouble. I see a difference in how much direct instruction I need to give in class and how much faster we can move through basic material and add deeper learning activities and labs.