This is my first full year flipping. I spent the first trimester working out all the technical bugs and figuring out who I now was as an educator in a flipped classroom. At the beginning of the second trimester I made the mistake of trying to change too much, pulled back, and have finally settled into a routine with which my students and I are both comfortable. Although I have not yet assembled the problem-based learning/mastery/asynchronous classroom I keep working toward, I can take notice of the monumental changes that have taken place by simply moving lecture to video at home and having students practice in class.
I work with my students everyday. I have the opportunity to sit beside them, guide their learning, and answer their questions. And they are asking LOTS of questions. I have never before had a classroom where students took the initiative to make sure that they understand like they do now. When my students are checking an assignment it isn't about just seeing how many they got wrong but about learning from their mistakes! And today when an absent student emailed me saying he had received my text reminding them to watch their video tonight and asked if he should print off the notes and watch it I realized that they are taking responsibility for their learning. We are no where close to where I dream of being but where we are right now is an incredible place. And I've only moved lecture to video at home and practice to the classroom. Simple change, big impact!