I started 'flipping' my classroom last year, I teach middle school science. I come from an elementary background and was searching for ways to differentiate my classroom more. I piloted it with my 8th graders (I have 6th, 7th & 8th) in our Life Over Time unit. I have to say... my students LOVED it. I asked for student feedback after the test on the unit and not one negative thing was said about the video lectures. Most said they loved them and don't get rid of them! I did a combination of watching the videos in class and sometimes for homework. The way I did it looked like this...
I had the kids watch my videos (I recorded voice over the normal Powerpoint I would have given them as in-class notes) and do their own notes. The videos were posted on Edmodo, which is a tool I was already using. They can write their notes any way they want, but are trying to pull out main ideas and key vocabulary. So if the video was HW, they needed to come in the next day with their own notes completed. I then gave them a notes template which goes in their science notebook. They filled out this note sheet from their own notes. If they couldn't fill it out completely, then they needed to go back and re-watch the video. They hated doing the video twice if they didn't have to so this ensured them taking good notes the first time around! I would also check their notes template for completeness.
This 8th grade class that I piloted this method with as a whole was extremely bright and needed to be challenged. They easily got bored and this really resolved some of the issues I had with engaging them in the material the days we weren't doing a lab or activity. I think they remembered the material better as they were receiving it one on one rather than whole group.
My dream would be to have students working through the units at their own pace, but I am not sure how to do this AND still do cooperative learning labs/activities. It is something I am trying to plan out this summer. I am also not sure I would use this method with 6th graders... I think they might need more teacher structured notes to start out. This method involves a lot of independence and puts more responsibility on the student for their own learning, which I like but I also want to make sure students are prepared and ready for.
The website below is a middle school science classroom that I think the teachers have done an amazing job 'flipping'... it looks like they really have a system down:
All in all I like flipping and hope to really get into it more this next year!