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WSQing

a Flipped Class Tool developed by Crystal Kirch @crystalkirch

Read more at flippingwithkirch.blogspot.com

I don't believe a "flipped classroom" should become something where students receive direct instruction at home and then work on worksheets in class.  Class time must be made meaningful and purposeful, where students have the opportunity to

  1. make meaning of the material and make connections to other content and each other in an environment with the support of the teacher and other classmates,  
  2. understand the concepts at a deeper level through practice, answering and posing questions, or explaining problems/solutions to others, and  
  3. receive one-on-one support and explanation from the teacher or other student "experts" when needed.  

Using the WSQ has enabled me to provide this type of environment for my students in my Flipped Class in a way that is somewhat structured and holds students accountable for their work and learning.

While my description and process of incorporating the WSQ into the flipped class is very detailed, it is not meant to be a formulaic methodology.  I have tried to include all of the considerations that I had to address over three years of using the WSQ model, as well as the variety of ways I incorporated it into my class with several varying groups of students.  Take what you want, tweak what you need to, and continue to share how YOU are “WSQing your Way to #FlipClass Success”.

I would like to give a special thank you and shout out to Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Stacy Lovdahl, Mickie Gibbs, and Sarah Campbell for their time and effort in proofing and providing feedback on this document.  Thank you!

Please feel free to contact me if you have comments or questions on specific sections of this document with feedback, ideas, or things you would like clarification on.  I have done my best but I know there is still room for improvement.

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Table of Contents

What is the WSQ?

What is a WSQ? - Handout for Students

Watch

Summarize

Question

How did the WSQ come about?

What are the main purposes of the WSQ?

Organization

Filled out WSQ chart examples

Blank WSQ chart templates

Accountability

Processing

Feedback

Discussion

WSQ Chat examples and Ideas

“Traditional” WSQ chats (analyzing summaries and discussion-based)

Whole Class

Small Group - Open Summaries

Small Group - Guided Summaries

Individual

Some Guidance on Small Group Discussions

Role of the Group Leader

Holding Groups accountable

Possible Routine for Small Group Discussions

“Active” WSQ chats (activity-based)

Inquiry-based activities

Hands-on activities

Peer Instruction

Using Kahoot! or another classroom response system

Whole Class Discussion (mini-lecture)

HOT question discussion

Practical Considerations

How can students submit the WSQ? (handwritten vs. online)

OPTION 1: HANDWRITTEN

OPTION 2: ONLINE VIA GOOGLE FORM

What do you do with the Questions?

What happens if a student doesn’t do the WSQ at home?

Student feedback on the usefulness of the WSQ

Notes and Suggestions for videos

Time Length and Chunking

Interactive Features and Prompting

Class time breakdown (general)

Additional Resources on the WSQ

What is the WSQ?


How did the WSQ come about?


What are the main purposes of the WSQ?

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WSQ Chat examples and Ideas

“Traditional” WSQ chats (analyzing summaries and discussion-based)

Some Guidance on Small Group Discussions

“Active” WSQ chats (activity-based)

Whole Class Discussion (mini-lecture)

HOT question discussion

Other ideas?  Several teachers have shared their ideas for discussion- or activity-based WSQ chats here.  Please feel free to add your ideas and continue the conversation.


Practical Considerations

How can students submit the WSQ? (handwritten vs. online)

What do you do with the Questions?

What happens if a student doesn’t do the WSQ at home?


Student feedback on the usefulness of the WSQ

Notes and Suggestions for videos


Class time breakdown (general)

  1. Students come prepared with the video watched and WSQ completed.  If not, they must use a classroom computer to do it at the beginning of class.
  2. Students are given opportunities to discuss their summaries and the key points of the lesson, practicing expressing math content in their own words and using math vocabulary in context.
  3. Students are given opportunities to ask questions about the lesson and get them answered in detail during class.
  4. Students are given opportunities to think critically about the lesson and pose questions to their classmates that will require deep thinking and making connections to other material.
  5. Students are given opportunities to practice working out problems with the support of their classmates and myself to guide them when questions or problems arise.
  6. Students are given opportunities to prove their mastery of concepts via concept quizzes that are taken when they feel they are ready.
  7. Students are given opportunities to apply their knowledge to real-world or higher-level thinking problems.
  8. Students are given opportunities to create their own problems and publish to the world.

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Additional Resources on the WSQ

Created and compiled by Crystal Kirch         @crystalkirch         www.flippingwithkirch.blogspot.com  Cannot be used elsewhere without permission