On Wednesday, I conducted my second student survey. The results were very similar to the first survey (click here to see the full data summary). Most of the kids didn't watch the video on Islamic Architecture, despite my encouragement and reminders of how important it was to the next day's project. Again, the students that didn't watch the video said they "just forgot". The only real change was in the increase in the number of students who said they learn "worse" in a Flipped Classroom.
|Survey One (1-5 range)|
In Survey Two, I added a few new questions. In one question a majority of students admitted to being distracted when they watched the video. I feel many more were likely distracted, but they
|Survey Two (1-4 range)|
As I have said before, data doesn't tell the true story. Even students who told me they watched the video couldn't name basic types of Islamic architecture.
This experiment has taught me one major lesson. Homework is not worth it. Its not worth risking instruction, enforcement measures, disciplining noncompliance, increasing hatred of "learning" and school, or the TIME. Students come to school for 8 hours. How can we realistically expect them to do 2-3 hours of homework after 8 hours of school work. Sports? Job? What about family time or hobbies? In our culture? Sure, we can fight it, but where does it get us? On the other side of the coin, how many students succeed BECAUSE of homework? How many would not learn without homework? A Flipped video is just a different version of homework. We might think, "all you have to do is watch a video". Homework is homework to most kids. Thanks to Joe Bower, I have a great new saying, "homework should be inspired, not assigned". This is my new mission.