Implementation Of A Flipped Classroom with Station Rotation In The Elementary Classroom

The purpose of this implementation plan is to increase student achievement and increase small group time with students in a 4th grade Math classroom.


Phase 1: Before school starts

Step 1: Getting administration on board before school starts

  1. Set up a meeting with administration to share my innovation plan, research, and share my goals for the students.
  2. Meet with my grade level team and share my innovation plan with them.  Encourage them to participate alongside of me.
  3. Create instructional videos (upload them to YouTube) and Google Forms for the upcoming school year.

Step 2: Gather information for parents

  1. Write up a parent letter informing them about my innovation plan and what it means to have a flipped classroom.
  2. Create a Google Form asking parents technology questions (such as: if they have access to internet and what devices they have available), permission so their child can participate, and if they do not have access to internet/device at home there is a question asking if they can come to school before or stay after school to view the instructional videos.
  3. If and when I get back the information about the students who will come before school or stay after school to watch the instructional videos, I will get documentation how students will be going home.
  4. Get students home address and mail out the information so when they come to meet the teacher I may answer any questions they may have.

Step 3: Meet the teacher Night/Open House

  1. Handout all the information about my innovation plan again. Also have a presentation playing in the background giving parents more information and showing them what it may look like.
  2. If parents ask to have a conference for more information have a sign-up sheet with times for them.

Phase 2: Beginning of School

  1. Have a series of Digital Citizenship lessons, practice how to access videos from the QR code, practice filling out the Google Forms.
  2. Talk to student about accountability to ensure they watch the videos and submit the Google Form. Also talk to parents about the accountability for students.
  3. Create a Homework Notebook/folder for when they watch the videos.
  4. Create an interactive notebook for small group time and station rotation time.
  5. If school is using Google Classroom- set up site to house the instructional videos. If school is not using Google Classroom, I will be making a YouTube channel and/or website to house the instructional videos and questions that go with each video.

Phase 3: Throughout the school year

  1. Create lesson plans for small group time and station rotation activities (finding online learning programs/videos for students).
  2. Keep in contact with parents about students’ accountability on watching videos and submitting the Google Forms.
  3. Send out weekly newsletters (hardcopy and electronically via Smore) to parents with links to the instructional videos.
  4. Use students’ responses from the Google Forms for in class instruction if all students having the same issue, also use them in small group time.
  5. Help students, if needed, on accessing the Google Forms and/or videos.
  6. Provide evidence and updates to administration and parents on students’ progress.

11 thoughts on “Implementation Of A Flipped Classroom with Station Rotation In The Elementary Classroom

  1. Laura, I love your blog, and I love your plan! I’m a big fan of Google forms and docs, and actually created Google Sites for each of my courses just for the purpose of using flipped learning! I didn’t make it a point to explain it to parents. But including them in the process is a great idea, because many of them aren’t comfortable with technology, but want to help their kids at home. Sharing the information with them provides them an opportunity to learn alongside their students.

    Your implementation plan is very detailed and well thought out. One recommendation I have is that you consider embedding the forms alongside embedded Youtube videos in one Google site. Students can answer questions as they’re watching and you could create a new page for each new lesson. Creating a site also makes it much easier for student to find everything in one place instead of using a variety of sources, which makes it easy for them to review when test time rolls around.

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  2. Laura,

    I love the layout of your blog and your plan is very intriguing, but I have a few questions about the grade level and implementation plan. Which grade level do you teach? If you have a self-contained classroom where you teach all the core subjects, will you flip the instruction for all of them, or only certain subjects? Just curious…it seems like it would become difficult to flip the instruction for all four cores if you are making all of your own instructional videos.Just an observation. I have never flipped my instruction, so I am not sure how time consuming it is. I am also curious as to what you will do for those students who do not have internet access or devices at home. Is it possible for students to check out devices from the school? On my campus, it is very difficult to get students to come in before school, and many of the low SES students ride the bus, so they are unable to be dropped off early. I love the idea of flipping my classroom, but I always hit a brick wall when trying to work out the logistics with my students. I would love to hear about any feedback of suggestions you have to offer.

    Great job on your site and your plan. 🙂

    Amy

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    • Hi Amy,
      Thank you for your comments. I taught 4th grade and taught Math and Science only. I would start with only flipping one core subject, Math. For those students who do not have access at home, I will set up a time for them to come in before school or stay after school. I have heard of others check out devices to their students, but you have to have a good system for that. In my school that would not be possible at this time.
      -Laura

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  3. Laura,
    I really enjoyed reading about your plan for a flipped classroom. You are very clear in your plan and have thought through the administration, teachers, parents, and students. I want to try a flipped classroom with my students. How much time do you think students would need to come in early to do the flipped lesson? If they stay late, will they need to be picked up by a parent. I am asking because if I tried this with my students, many of them do not have access to the internet at home. I’m trying to figure out how I could do a flipped classroom model.

    I would love to see one more steps on expanding your plan throughout other grade levels or even other schools. I think it will help your plan to have the vision to expand. I noticed Step 2, #3 has grammar error. I think you are missing “so” in the sentence.

    After reading your plan, I need to do some more work on mine. 😉
    Shannon

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    • Hi Shannon,
      Thank you for your comments! The videos will not be no longer than 5 minutes tops, so students only need to come before school or stay after school for maybe 20 minutes. If students are going to stay late to watch the video, I will have the parents sign a dismissal sheet stating how the child will be going home. I have also tried this before with my previous students and it was difficult getting students to actually watch the video at home. That is why this time around I am going to be more proactive with parents.
      -Laura

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  4. Peer Review 2

    Hi Mrs. Perez,

    I do not teach elementary school, so it was interesting to find out how advanced with technology instruction the younger students are. I like the organization of your outline and how it shows that parents will be a big part of the process and you are seeking knowledge on their skills. I was wondering how you will address technology issues with parents? Would it be possible to have tutorial sections built in for the parents if they are trying to assist their children? Or a way for them to check their child’s progress and help them at home? I do see that you talked about using google forms, so maybe you plan on having it be viewable on your website for parents? I love that you are pushing your students to be accountable and learn in small group opportunities. I think based on your structure your kids have a great chance of learning and being independent. Excellent job!

    Amy Clewner

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    • Hi Amy,
      Thank you for your comments. I usually keep in contact with parents by phone calls, newsletters (using Smore website), and send out text messages (I use Remind app). I also use SeeSaw, which is a form of an class portfolio, where parents are able to see work that their child does in the classroom. In the information that I will be sharing with parents about my plan I will write to them about how they can also watch the videos with their child, so they will know what I am teaching in the classroom. I also have plan to have the videos be on my YouTube channel so students and parents will have access to them at all time.
      -Laura

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