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October 12, 2012

Lesson at home plus homework at school equals flipped math classroom

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NORTH MANKATO —

Brovold brought the idea to Anderson last spring for the flipped classroom, and a group took a trip to a school in Byron to observe how it worked. Anderson appreciated the use of technology.

“I’ve been using a lot of technology in my classroom for the last six to eight years, so the idea of incorporating the technology into the classroom and allowing the students to use their devices to receive instruction was kind of intriguing,” he said.

When the flipped classroom idea spread, all the eighth-grade math teachers wanted to try it, Brovold said. So they all prepared over the summer.

Brovold said she thinks the method will help students better understand the lessons. When watching the videos, they can rewind and replay parts they need to hear again, Brovold said. They can’t easily do that in the classroom with a live teacher.

“They get the teacher for the most important part of the lesson, and that’s the practice,” Brovold said.

That’s exactly why several of Anderson’s students said they appreciated the new method. Kaleb Braun-Schulz said it’s much easier having the lessons on video so he can watch them again if he needs to. Allison Zielske said the technology makes homework more streamlined and easier to keep organized. Shayla Cook agreed.

“You don’t have to deal with all the papers around,” Cook said.

Many times, when students in traditional classrooms learn the material and go home to do the assignment, parents can’t help them when they’re stuck because it’s been too long since they learned those skills, Brovold said.

Anderson said the method has significantly decreased homework time for his students. He said the videos take 15 minutes at the most to complete. Before, students could spend an hour on a homework assignment and still not quite understand it.

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