- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Students are doing homework at school and watching lectures at home in a new approach that’s flipped the conventional schoolwork structure in some Columbus Middle School classes.

The setup was tried last school year by a teacher who used to teach sixth-grade math. This year Joni Ebel and fellow math instructor Shantelle Suiter are trying the concept, the Columbus Telegram said (https://bit.ly/1t8SH7h ).

The flipped classroom model has been growing in use in districts around the nation, said principal Amy Haynes.

“There is a lot of research out there that talks about it. It gets kids engaged,” Haynes said.

The teachers make videos of 10-15 minutes, explaining the latest lessons. Students download an app to watch the videos outside of classes and take notes and copy down problems that are explained to them. In class they do homework under the teacher’s supervision.

One benefit is that students are able to view the videos as often as needed to grasp the lessons.

Student McKayla Mueller said she wasn’t sure she’d like the new way math was going to be taught this year. But she liked it after watching the first video, she said.

“I thought it was something I could get used to,” Mueller said.

A district survey showed most students have Internet at home, and that is where many of the students watch the videos. Otherwise, there is access to the technology at the school.

As students do their homework in class, Ebel said, she can see who understood the lessons and who needs more help. She also checks students’ notebooks to ensure their notes prove they watched the videos.

“I’m really liking the flipped classroom,” Ebel said. “The students have digested the information overnight. Some test scores have gone up, (although) I don’t know if that is necessarily from the class or not.”

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com


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