Team 4 could be labeled the queens of flipped classroom. They choose to tackle the depth and breadth of information relevant to math methods and strategies for students with mild/moderate disabilities via a series of short YouTube videos. Each trailer ran from 1 ½ to 8 minutes. For seven evening a trailer presented from different members of Team 4 discussed methods of teaching mathematics across k-12 spectrum. Classmates and instructor were to watch these videos to prepare for the formal math presentation. The creativity, professional quality and quick kernels of math procedures left us eagerly waiting for our next daily installation.
Upon entry to the course classroom the night of presentation by Team 4, I almost tripped into the classroom. No that night it was a totally different space. Our traditional classroom was nowhere to be found. The rearrangement of furniture, festive colored table coverings and piles of math manipulatives invited you into their presentation. Of course providing food put a happy face on everyone.
The presenters announced that this presentation would be different than the other three. There was not going to be a formal discussion of the context of the text. Our flipped classroom evening trailers served as that part of the lesson. The overhead project and Keynote delivered lesson were nowhere in sight. We were put into teams of three and told to one of four stations to begin our journey into teaching math.
Each team member sat at a table where a different set of math concepts and practices was laid out for our interaction with four math concept themes. I must confess it was hard at first to attend to each presenter as my eyes were fascinated with the assortment of interactive high/low technology resources. Of course the team monitor reminded us to get some food each time the chimes were played announcing the end that tabletop interaction.
Almost without realizing it you were recalling the flipped classroom trailer concept related to a specific table. The relationship between specific iPad apps and other high/low tech resources to the concept being developed at each table became obvious.