Flipping The Classroom: Does It Work?


By Jay Michaels

Malta, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Students at Raft River High School are reversing the order they do their work in. But does that actually help them learn better?

Over and over again, students and parents pull their hair out over homework, and oftentimes just give up. But students at Raft River High School are now doing their schoolwork at home, and their homework at school. It's called the "Flipped Classroom."

10th grader Sami Perkins says, "Once I knew some of the things that my teacher was talking about, it clicked a lot better in class. I was able to learn it faster, and it made more sense than it would if I had just come to class."

Students watch short videos on the internet at home, and then do their homework in class, where their teacher can answer any questions the students have.

English teacher Laurie Spratling says, "So we don't spend a bunch of time on the lecture. I can spend one on one time with them, help them understand it better, what they're specifically not understanding."

Right now five or six of Spratling's 27 English students don't have internet access at home, so those students can watch the preview videos at school to get the boost they need. Spratling hopes to have all of her students using the program by next spring.

10th grader Garen Steed says, "Just having a certain idea of what we're going to start doing. Sure, sometimes you know you're going to have a test. But being able to know what I'm going to learn about, that's something I really like."

Only time will tell if flipping the classroom will send test scores soaring.

Spratling eventually hopes to put videos of her own lectures up on the "Sophia" website that the school is using to "flip the classroom."

October 8, 2013.

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