Monday, February 13, 2017

#flipclass Flash Blog: An Essential Aspect of my Flipped Classroom

It's a #flipclass Flash Blog!!!

Wow; this is hard! Just one?

So much is essential to my flipped classroom.

But I think everything goes back to relationships.

It was one of the first things I remember reading about flipped classrooms. You have more time to get to know your students better.

And it's true.

I know where they're weak. Where they're strong. I know things that are going on at home and outside the classroom. I know when they need to be pushed and when they need more time. I know when school is overwhelming them.

And students know me better, too. They know I care. They know I have their backs.

As my flipped classroom has evolved - and it is changing more than I every thought possible - the relationships I build with my students are the cornerstone of everything I do in my classroom.

Knowing my students better is the catalyst for many of the ways my flipped classroom has evolved.

I'm playing around with some self-pacing (blog post to come) because I know my students better.

I am able to provide more choice in my classroom because I know my students better.

My students collaborate more than ever before because I know them better.

I used to plow blindly through curriculum without enough regard to who "got it" and who didn't.

My flipped classroom has allowed me to know my students in such a way that I can no longer NOT make adjustments when necessary.


  1. Aw dangit, you picked the perfect topic. Now I wish that's what I wrote about! I never got so many 1:1 convos with students in the old days (B.F. = Before Flipping). I totally understand the importance of those connections for every subject, but for some reason it seems most vital in math. Maybe because ELA/History/Science lend themselves to open responses that give insight to students personally? I don't know, but nevertheless this is a terrific flashblog and another reminder how lucky your students are to have you as their teacher....

    1.'re sweet. I don't always feel the love from this year's group (well, a handful of this year's group, really), but in their cool-ness they have pushed me to be better and to find what works for THEM. Thanks for reading and commenting!