Flipping the classroom with Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards – a collaborative elementary school example

Today in my website wanderings I found a gem on another blog site:The Scientific Teacher An unexamined lesson isn’t worth teaching

Nick Mitchell, Author of The Scientific Teacher

I pulled out this example to highlight because on the page “Scientifically Speaking” a primary school teacher, Nick Mitchell of St. Stephen’s St. Agnes School outside Washington DC, shares his videos which are a collaborative science vocabulary lesson with the language arts coordinator Karen (no last name shown).

These are excellent bite sized (or is it byte sized) chunks perfect for a flipping the classroom starter example.  They are excellent, small chunks which would be assigned as homework to elementary through middle school students. Class time can then focus on application of these terms and laboratory/hands on work rather then spending time going over the definitions and word origins.

I also happen to love this exemplar because it is clearly alignable to both the Common Core and the NGSS.  It also shows how these two teachers can leverage their time by working together to create these blended samples which are reusable year to year.

Tips for starting to flip gleaned from this example and my experiences:

  1. The editing clearly does take planning time, as do all new initiatives, so I would recommend maybe starting with one new video a quarter to get your feet wet if you are wanting to start the process.
  2. Work with a teacher buddy.  It helps in both the idea generation and may lead places you never imagined.
  3. Start with materials you already have.  The videos shown start with a basic laptop which has a built in webcam.
  4. They are uploaded to a free share site Vimeo  In general you will want to store them on a web-server such as Vimeo or YouTube and you may need to talk with your school system about whether any of these sites are blocked internally.

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