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The Beginner’s Guide To Flipping Your Math Classroom

Flipping your classroom sounds like a great idea — you’ll have more time for application in your lessons, students will come to class knowing EVERYthing already, and traditional homework (and checking it during class time) will be a thing of the past.  Gone are the days of photo-copying worksheets filled with algorithms and agony.  Your students are psyched too — watch videos for homework?  Sure!!

Wait: what videos?

As teachers, we have limited time and resources.  Would we all love unlimited hours to play around with iMovie?  Sure.  Can we afford fancy video cameras with built-in professional microphones?  Um, no.  Access to a green-screen backdrop?  Double no.

So how can you implement this new trend in education without all of the above?  [Can we officially get rid of choice (D) ‘all of the above‘ on standardized tests too?  But I digress.]   There’s already great content out there being created by math educators, and all you need is an Internet connection to find it.

But before you begin your hunt for the needle in the haystack that is YouTube.com, here’s a few rules of thumb to follow:

Simplify.

Make sure your lesson is granular and specific.  You don’t want to tackle too much in one go, especially if you’re just starting out.  This will make it easy to determine if your lesson was successful or not when you reflect on it later.

Know Your Content.

You really want to know your math content inside and out.  I can’t stress this enough.  When deciding on what videos to show your students, you don’t want any misconceptions to be fostered by 30 seconds worth of another teacher telling your students that an expression is an equation.  Oh dear.

Bookmark it!

Remember that awesome math video you saw that one time way back when you were breathing on that day that ended in “y”?  Yeah, you probably don’t.  That’s what bookmarking is for in your browser.  Or if you have a YouTube account (which is easy to set-up using your Gmail account – but that’s for another post coming soon!), use the “Favorites” feature.  Don’t let that great vid slip away into cyber-oblivion!  Create folders in your bookmarking process like “algebra”, “geometry”, or “DAPS” (my favorite acronym for Data Analysis, Probability and Statistics).

To get your search off to a successful start, I’ll share Wake County Public School System’s collection of YouTube.com videos that cover the Common Core State Standards in elementary, middle and high school.  Their YouTube channel houses over 200 videos for your viewing pleasure, all titled and tagged accurately and concisely.  Click on the sorted links below – but first, make sure you’ve covered all of the above.

TheWCPSSAcademics – Elementary school mathematics

TheWCPSSAcademics – Middle school mathematics

TheWCPSSAcademics – High school mathematics

K-5 Math Teaching Resources (dot) com

Last week’s Monday morning brought with it the second day of AMTNYS’s annual fall conference – the most fun a math teacher in New York State can have!  I spent time geeking out with some of the coolest teachers I’ve ever met, and I think I came across more Sues or Susans than I have in my entire life.

I had the pleasure of sitting in on Heidi Bromley’s session for elementary teachers, and she shared a resource with her audience that I’d like to pass on.  It’s simply (and aptly) titled, K-5 Math Teaching Resources.  The website houses math activities in .pdf format for grades Kindergarten through 5th, separated by grade, domain, and types of activity – including journal entries, games, projects, mental math exercises, and ideas for your math center.

The free activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards and are printable in full color, great for laminating on heavy card stock for your math center.  To support literacy in your classroom, grade-appropriate books are suggested for pertinent lessons.  In the market for manipulatives related to a particular lesson?  Links to vendors for items like fraction tiles and foam dice can be found at the bottom of the activity-links pages.  Free interactive white board (or IWB) lessons are available for download.   E-books are also available for download, but for a small fee dependent on whether you want a single- or multiple- user license.

Warning: Inspiration is imminent!