Next semester I plan to experiment with "flipping" a classroom, by assigning required readings from the textbook (perhaps with supplementary notes) so that lecture doesn't have to "cover all the material", freeing up some class time for discussions, questions, group work, etc. In planning the course, I have run into a meta-obstacle: I'm not sure how big the "chunks" of assigned reading should be and how and how frequently they should be assigned.
Suppose (for the sake of argument) that I want to cover one chapter of the book per week (they're short chapters). Should I ask students to read the whole chapter for that week by Monday (say)? Or should I break it up and assign section 1 for Monday, section 2 for Wednesday, and section 3 for Friday (say)?
Also, when should I give out the assignments? Should I give out a list of assigned readings at the beginning of the semester (recognizing that it may need to be updated as the class progresses)? Should I tell them the next week's readings each Friday? Or the next class's readings each class meeting?
I expect that probably the only general answer that can be given is "it depends", but lacking any personal experience with this sort of thing, I'd like to hear about the factors that ought to influence my choice.