It was mind changing. They were honest with us about the work it took, the drawbacks, what it took to get it going.
And I am ready to make the commitment. My summer challenge for myself is to prepare materials and flip my creative writing class. Creative writing seems the easiest of my classes to flip. The main reason being since I use a writing workshop approach, I have many mini lessons prepared already. The directions and the examples are ready. Also, I reworking the details of this class anyway, and following Kelly Gallagher's ideas from Write Like This: Teaching Real World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts.
It just makes sense to flip this class.
And the bossman challenged me to get this going next year.
What is a flipped classroom? Essentially, for me anyway, it is a delivery method. The flipped classroom delivers the instruction for the class outside of the classroom--generally online (although a podcast I listened to yesterday says it doesn't HAVE to be online). The learning, the "homework" is done during class time. During class time, so the teacher is there the moment a difficulty arises.
Flipping a classroom really creates a student centered classroom--well, it does if you do it right. It does if the teacher is willing to give up control. Teachers must think through their lessons. Here's what the students need to know when we are done. How are we going to get there? Content before technology.
And, students need to take control of their own learning. And they need to know it will be hard.
So, stay tuned. I'm sure there will be more posts as I struggle to change the way I "Stand and Deliver".