‘You want me to fast-forward through your lesson?’ YES!
One of the main benefits of the Flipped Classroom is that it is now possible for students to control their lecture. They can pause, rewind, and replay a lecture at the click of a mouse. You’ve heard this many times, nothing new here…….
I often encourage my student to be active while they are watching my lesson videos. I provide fill-in-the-blank notes to help their engagement but I also encourage them to highlight material, make notes in the margins and develop their own questions. Although I have found that the most important thing students can do to help their learning is to fast-forward the videos. Most students are rather surprised to hear me say this but I think it has huge benefits to their understanding of what they know and don’t know.
I suggest that students watch the theory part of my video and take notes as usual. But once they get to my examples I encourage them, as long as they feel confident, to try the examples on their own. Once they finish an example they fast-forward to where my solution is and compare their outcome to mine. If they do not have the same result then they simply go back and watch the video to see where they made their error. The power in this has been amazing because the students are becoming active with the video. It surprises student how much they already know, and that even when they do make a mistake it is often just a minor misunderstanding. I also find that when students make that error it is likely an error they will not make in the future because they have taken ownership and become the detective. It has been really easy to get my student to buy into this because they view it as a way to save time while watching their videos, I like it because they are learning.
So, if you are a math teacher Flipping your classroom perhaps discuss the power of the FFW button with your students!