The Best Thing You can Do Now to Prepare Next Years’ Students for the Flipped Classroom!


One of the most important things to do as you flip a class is to get student buy-in.  Students need to see how the flipped classroom benefits them.  They also need to know how to operate in a flipped classroom.So how can you do that? Get a video camera or use your smartphone, and ask your current students a couple of questions. Record it and then either show it in class at the beginning of the school year or better yet, make it your first flipped class lesson of the year.  The reality is that students are more likely to listen to other students than they are to you.  The two questions I think you should ask your current students are:

  • What do you see as the benefits of the flipped classroom?
  • What advice do you have for next years’ students to be successful in this course?

Below is the introductory video we made for our students at the beginning of the year.  Note the student speak at about 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Also note that it is WAY too long.  Don’t make a video this long.  🙂

Mastery Learning at Woodland Park High School from Jonathan Bergmann on Vimeo.

Then take some time and edit the video and you are ready to start next year. Then do this every May and you will always have fresh advice from kids.

I would love it if you would share your videos and link them in the comment section below.

You can also listen to a FlipSide Radio episode on the same subject. LISTEN HERE