My name is Debbie Veatch and I am a teacher. During fifteen years of teaching Algebra, I started with a traditional class format and successfully changed to the “flipped” class format. Initially, I was not sure how to start and wondered if all of the work involved would be worth the trouble. After enough research, I decided to give flipping a try, and I’m glad I did. Flipping my Algebra 1 class turned out to be even better than I had hoped and made me wonder why I had not flipped sooner! My students became fully engaged in class and were more successful than ever before on chapter tests and the state’s End of Course Exam. An added bonus was that I enjoyed teaching even more with the flipped model. Algebra became fun for all of us! My goal is to create relevant and helpful content that you can use in your Algebra 1 class whether you teach in the traditional way or flip your class.
In my flipped classroom, I included lots of fun activities to keep my students engaged and allowed them to practice their new Algebra skills. I found a good balance between large-group activities, small-group activities and individual activities to help my students master important Algebra skills in a variety of ways. I believe accuracy is important to success in Algebra, so I ensure that each activity allows students to check themselves or each other for accuracy and/or allows the teacher to quickly check students' work for accuracy.
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William Woods in Fulton, Missouri.
To help other teachers, I created a free video series for TpT about how I flipped my Algebra class. Please join me on my blog about Flipping Algebra here