My Introduction to "Flipping" my classes"Flipping"? Um... ¡no gracias! What is this? Will I have to do flips in front of the room? Or will my students be "flipping" me the finger? (Well, maybe.) At any rate, I had absolutely no idea what this classroom practice was all about. I had heard several people speak of it, I had read some things about it, but I wasn't completely aware of what "flipping" my class entailed or what I would have to do.
Ugh! Something new! Quite frankly, with the new evaluation system, I didn't know if I could or wanted to learn something new. But, after 10 years of teaching, I felt as though I needed something to keep my teaching interesting. I initially heard about the flipped classroom on Twitter. I dove a little deeper with some google searches and came upon the Sophia.org website. I saw on this website a treasure trove of tutorials created by educators, such as myself. I watched a few of them and honestly, I was overwhelmed!!
So, I decided to sign up for a free webinar. It was hosted by Sophia.org and the speaker was Crystal Kirch, a math teacher and department chair in California. She had only been flipping for one year and the amount of work that she had done was both impressive and overwhelming. I went away from the webinar feeling excited, scared, and apprehensive about starting this practice.
Where do I begin? What resources do I need? Will I have to get a grant from EGEF to buy any special equipment? These were all the questions swirling around in my head. Some of the buzz words and terms were like learning a foreign language (ha!). But, seriously, where do I begin?