Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Teachers Try Strategy: Flipped Classes

by Daniel Skora
            Flipped classes have been implemented into multiple classrooms for the first time at Mooresville High School. Some students dislike the way the classes are run, but others enjoy the new project based learning.
            “It gives students the opportunity to view the direct instruction at their own pace, and listen or watch it multiple times,” World History teacher Jesse Burgess said.
Flipped classes are being implemented into classes on a national level, and there are many different ways to implement flipped classes into the classroom.
“It’s a dumb idea because not everyone has access to the internet at home, even if the school hands out laptops,” senior Kyle Roskowski said.
In flipped classes, teachers upload the notes on My Big Campus, and students take the notes. Some teachers upload videos of them writing the notes or videos of a PowerPoint with commentary.
            “It’s effective, but I would prefer to take notes in class. [Taking notes at home] takes up too much time,” sophomore Taylor O’Neal said.
This gives teachers more class time to teach through projects, and it allows students to do their ‘homework’ in class and receive help from the teachers.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to provide a more interactive classroom experience,” Burgess said.
            Data suggests that flipping the classroom raises test scores and improves student performance across many subjects, including math, history and English.