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Classroom Trends: Flipped Learning

By FOX 47 News

Flipped learning. It’s a new approach for teachers and students, where lectures become homework.

Science students at Bethany High School are finishing up their first year of “flipped learning.” Chemistry and physics teachers Adam Forester and Jon Arthur are the pair behind the program.

They’ve spent this school year giving ten minute recorded lectures they normally would give in class for students to watch online as homework.

Classroom time then becomes homework time for kids to work from packets, do labs, and if they want, ask for help.

“That frees up class time for me to walk around and talk to every student pretty much every day,” says Forester.

The teachers say the non-traditional way of learning opens doors for kids who may be too shy to ask questions, and helps prevent them from falling behind.

“The students can rewind me, in class they can’t rewind,” says Forester.

They say it’s still too early to see if the change has affected grades, but they are able to cover more material. And with a new technology-driven generation, the style can be used in any classroom to some extent.

Students say the style takes some getting used to, but overall they say the new style will better prepare them for college.