The more I plan my Flipped Classroom, the more I realize I am probably not using the term “centers” correctly. In my case they will be designated areas of my classroom for students to complete their work. Read on and please offer suggestions.. 🙂
Students will receive a checklist that basically follows this pattern for the chapter:
Watch video/Read section. Take notes. Write question.
Hands on Learning activity
(both instantly checked by teacher)
Tutor in Spanish 1 class
That is one section of a chapter. Each chapter of our book has 4 sections: Vocab 1/Grammar 1/Culture/Vocab 2/Grammar 2. The vocab and grammar sections will repeat the above format until they complete the entire chapter. After Grammar 2 they will begin to work on a proficiency project and review for the chapter test. Also mixed in is that we are in the computer lab on Wednesdays. Wednesdays will be a day to take their quiz (online), use Edmodo, and do research if needed for their culture project or proficiency project.
Students who are ready for a quiz before Wednesday will take it on an iPad or computer in my room.
We will use Edmodo along with Spanish classrooms that we collaborated with last year from Maryland and California. We post a prompt and the students take off with their discussions in Spanish.
So, when I say centers, this is what I am imagining and would like your input on. The areas of my room will be:
Hands on: learning activity. Most will be partner work.
Learn: For students who did not watch the video or need to see it again.
Of course, all of the students will begin in the same place, so the whole class will be a hands on area. After a few days I assume that they will begin to be in different spots. I would like to keep them sorted as to what activity they are working on.
My thought is to hang large signs form my ceiling to direct them to the area they should go to. I am trying to think of a simpler way since the ceiling is pretty high and centers (or areas) could change daily.
I am going to test the flipping with my advanced classes first. I know some of them will move through the activities very quickly. Lori Anthony, the other Spanish teacher at my school, and I were going over our schedules. We noticed that during all of my Advanced classes, Lori has Spanish 1. So, if a student takes a quiz and is way ahead of the rest of the class, they will be sent to Lori’s class to help a struggling Spanish 1 student.
If you have any ideas about labeling the areas of the classroom or the order of activities, please share!