Reflection: Lesson Planning Cookie Chemistry - Section 2: Explore


A flipped classroom switches around the traditional order of teaching with the purpose of creating a more in depth and supportive environment in the classroom when the teacher is present and able to better support students. It challenges students to learn how to take charge of their learning, becoming resourceful learners, and provides time for more discussion and questioning during class time, helping students to become reflective communicators and to think more deeply about the subject.

In the beginning of the year, I send out some information on Flipped Instruction. Here is a synopsis of my communication:

What does homework look like?

For homework, students will be required to watch video lectures, read text, play online games, and/or listen to educational podcasts.  These materials will be very similar to what students would traditionally receive in class. However, because the material is recorded, students can watch "on demand", and are able to pause, rewind, and re-play any segments that require clarification. This allows students to learn at their own pace and become more self-directed, having to know when they need to go back over a certain concept they did not fully grasp the first time it was explained.

While watching the videos, students will take notes, complete written reflections, or participate in other activities, such as online threaded discussions with their peers. These will usually be submitted electronically in the evening they are completed, although some will be turned in as a hard copy the next day. The quality and depth of each student response informs me of how much they truly understood, as well as what misconceptions they may have that need to be further explained. When students return to class the next day, I have already been able to review their homework and devise a plan of action in supporting their success. Homework time is devoted to initial exposure to learning topics and lower level understanding, which frees up class time for more advanced learning.

There are many ways to access the homework materials. Because the materials are online, they can be accessed on any internet-capable device.  No internet access?  Materials can also be checked out from the teacher on a flash drive to watch on your home computer, or even uploaded to iTunes from a flash drive and synced with a student’s iPod/iPad to access offline. Other options are also available by request, such as getting the videos on DVD to watch on a TV instead of a computer.

What does classwork look like?

When students come into class, we begin by reviewing their homework in a variety of ways. We may go over a few samples as a class, or students may discuss their reflections either in partners or in small groups. This time allows the class to refresh their memory on what was completed, and clarify anything that was not clear.

After a quick review, students will apply the learning in a variety of ways. This may include small group instruction, experiments, hands-on projects, one-on-one tutoring, and more.  More time in class is devoted to application and extension of learning topics, in which students can deepen their understanding with the assistance and support of their teacher.

In the flipped classroom model, we still practice learning concepts in class regularly and take short quizzes to assess progress made in and out of the classroom walls. In addition, there is still the opportunity for whole-class teaching and review if the large group needs to go back over a concept. However, most of the teaching is now focused on smaller groups of students who need help on certain concepts, leading to individualized instruction and support.

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Cookie Chemistry

Unit 7: Chemistry and Cooking
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: SWBAT apply the processes of diffusion, density, and law of conservation to the process of baking cookies.

Big Idea: Now that we know all about the behavior of molecules and atoms, how does it relate to what grandmother does in the kitchen?

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