You can easily flip your class in four simple steps: Format, Interact, Reflect, and Extend. This little mini-series will take you through each step to help guide you on your journey with flipped learning. This is step 3: Reflections.
Purpose of Reflections
Having students reflect and give feedback on their learning has many benefits.
- It can provide students with quick feedback on how well they understood the information.
- It helps the student become aware of their learning.
- It allows the teacher to know where the students are getting stuck and some misconceptions they have.
- It allows the teacher to provide differentiated instruction to meet their individual students’ needs better.
Reflections Using Technology
There are so many great resources to use when it comes to reflections using technology.
- There are online gaming platforms like Kahoot, Quizizz, and Goformative. These allow students to check their understanding in a fun way and provides the teacher with analytics that can drive in-class instruction.
- You could use the quiz option in google forms to do a quick check.
- You could use Socrative as a way to poll the students or ask a quick warm-up question on the topic.
- You can also use the assessment tools in your favorite LMS to create a practice quiz.
All of these resources can be used by the student at home the day before. The student then comes into class with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses regarding the information. The teacher will also understand their students’ strengths and weaknesses to modify their instruction to enhance their strengths and work on their weaknesses.
Try and keep the reflections short and quick. Keep the number of questions between 5-12. Use multiple-choice, matching, ordering, and True/False type questions. Keep in mind that this should just be a quick formative assessment for both you and your students.
Reflections Without Technology
You can also do reflections without technology, which can provide an even deeper understanding of where the students are at.
- You could have a ticket in the door that they fill out the night before and turn in. This could be an organizer, a list of key details, or a reflection on what they are still confused about or what they want to learn more about.
- You could have an activity where you ask students questions, and they move to different areas of the room depending on their answer.
- You could have them compare their notes as a group or pair and then come up with a question they need to clarify or extend.
Some of my most engaging lessons have incorporated both reflections using technology and reflections without technology. I would have them take a practice quiz after the video to know which students were ready to apply and which students were still struggling with the basic information. Once in class, I would break them into groups based on the quiz results. Those who were able to apply were then put into groups to discuss the three most important details from the video, ideas they needed me to clarify, and a question they wanted to learn more about. After I would answer the clarifying questions, they were allowed to answer the questions they wanted to know more about through research, experiments, investigations, and other means.
Need a Quick and Easy Reflection for your Students to fill out to let you know What they Learned, What they are Struggling with, and What they want to Learn More About?
Head back to learn more about choosing your video in part 1 of the series and interacting with the video in part 2 of the series.