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Flipped Classroom Challenge: Student Accountability

A big question that arises a lot from teachers I talk to, is how do you make sure kids are watching their videos?  And what if they’re not watching the videos?

To me this one is easy.  It’s all about expectations.  Every video that my students have to watch, after watching it they must fill out a WSQ (Watch, Summary, Question) or a KWL (Know, What to Know, Learned).  They can email it to me, write it on a piece of paper, type it on their device, send it on Edmodo, record themselves saying it, fill out a Google Form, or even write it at home, take a picture of it and bring me the picture!  If you let them, kids will make excuse after excuse after excuse on why they didn’t do their WSQ/KWL.  By providing multiple ways that they can bring it in to me, I’ve erased most of their excuses.

But regardless, you’re still going to have kids that don’t do their WSQ/KWL or even watch their videos!  Here’s what I do, regardless of their reasoning for not completing their work, when they get to class they go to the back of the room and get on some sort of device where they can watch their video.  They watch the video, complete their missing WSQ/KWL, and then they are handed a stack of worksheets that covers the exact same skills we’re learning that day in class.  If the kid chooses not to do the worksheets, oh well.  It’s their education and they need to take charge and care.  But here’s the catch: that really works with my students because I try to make my class extremely exciting.  So exciting, that if they don’t do their video or WSQ/KWL then they are so mad at themselves because they’re sitting in the back of the room watching us do fun stuff!  This has worked tremendously with my students.  And out of 75 kids, I have an average of 3-5 students who forget or don’t watch their videos, and it’s different kids every time! But they WANT to be in my class and do the fun, hands on, interactive learning that we do.  Therefore, they put in the work necessary to join us for class that day. Set your expectations high, make your class exciting, and you’ll be surprised at how hard the students will work.

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