Plan Your Flip

While it seems obvious, planning your flip is vital to its success.  Just as a traditional lesson is better with proper planning, the flipped lesson becomes more engaging with better planning.
  1. Content
    It's just as important as deciding to flip is deciding what to flip. Not all content is best suited to flipping. For the first flip, making sure that you choose the right content helps to ensure the success of future flipped lessons.
  2. Out-of-Class Activity
    This is usually the first of the two parts of a well executed flip, but doesn't always have to be. For the out-of-class portion, plan to have students watch a video or read something that provides the foundation for the in-class activity. Also, the out-of-class portion of the flip should include some sort of accountability piece that students must complete.
  3. In-Class Activity
    The in-class activity is the payoff! Flipping a lesson creates time in class for kids to be engaged learners in your space.

What's the Plan, Stan?

And for the payoff...

Plan for an in-class activity that will take the whole time.  Try to develop supplemental activities for those who complete the activity quickly.  Plan to pair students together based on their performance on previous activities.  But no matter what, have a plan that will keep the students on task for a whole period.  Flipping allows for almost all of the period to be used for hands-on or one-on-one activities.  

Lastly, plan to bring your running shoes!  It could get very busy, but so much fun. 

What to consider...

You've decided to take the plunge and flip your first lesson.  First, the greatest thing about flipping your lesson is that there will be time in class to do activites that are more meaningful and engage students in your content.  With that in mind, your content should reflect the activity.

For the first time flipper, the easiest way to do this is to modify a current traditional lesson.  Take the notes that would normal accompany the lesson and screencast them.  This can easily be done for free with screencast-o-matic or with screencastify, depending on the platform you prefer.  If that doesn't work, PowerPoint has a voice recording option that allows you to do the same thing as those apps.  However the screencast is made, what matters is that your students watch and interact with it as they would in class.  You can even assign someone else's video or a youtube documentary.

Regardless of what the content is, plan to show a video that is roughly 1 minute (a little more or a lot less) per grade level of the student.

Then, you should plan some time to go over how the students were held accountable for watching the video.  Whatever you assign, make sure that you go over it, grade it, look at it, or whatever is appropriate.