I have been doing a lot of soul searching recently in regards to my students who aren't doing their work. Perhaps I need to find some experts out there & see what they are doing in this situation, but it feels like there is an epidemic in my class right now in regards to not watching videos at home. After much contemplation and frustration, I decided to try reverting back to traditional for some of the students. I let them know about this change this past Friday. I looked back at the work turned in on time, and if they had more than 2 late assignments, they were put into the traditional class. If they had less, then they remained in the flipped class. Their eyes got quite large after my announcement. Being very honest with them, I told them that I just didn't think it was working for those kids who weren't doing the work. Then, we set off for the task of the day. As soon as the kids were working, I had about 15 of them swarm me...Do I get to stay in the flipped class? Honestly, I hadn't made the list yet, so I turned it back on them...Did you come to class prepared? Many of them looked so disappointed.
So here's the deal. I truly feel that flipping my class has allowed me to reach so many students that I couldn't otherwise reach. Overall, I'm seeing tremendous strides in both classes. However, I am spending way too much time chasing after students who didn't do their work, and quite frankly, I'm tired of it. I don't want to use flipped class as a carrot to make them do their work, I want them to do their work because they actually see it as important (a girl can dream, right). What I'm struggling with is getting them to care. I should also mention that if students want back in the flipped class, they just need to complete their homework on time for the week.
Anyhow, as it stands, I will have 32 students in my flipped class on Tuesday, and 22 in my traditional class. I look forward to seeing how this plays out during the week.
Anyone reading this who is also a flipper...what do you do when this becomes an issue. It used to be only a handful of kids not doing their work, now it's almost half! I would LOVE any ideas you might have.