Homework a thing of the past as district flips classrooms

Flipping the way students learn

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Doing homework will soon take on a whole new definition for students in part of Kentuckiana.

New Albany-Floyd County Schools are allowing teachers to blend technology into their curriculum, and flip the way your students learn.

We all were taught concepts like the Pythagorean Theorem in school, but do you remember them well enough to help teach your child?

By flipping the classroom you're off the hook because your kid can get all the instruction they need with the click of a button.

“I have homework in every subject almost every night,” 8th grader Seattle Greenwell said.

Like a typical 8th grader in the New Albany Floyd School district, Seattle Greenwell has about an hour of homework every night but one subject her parents won’t be helping her with is math.

“When I used to take my homework home she would look at it and say ‘Seattle I don’t know how to do this,” Greenwell said.  “You’re just going to have to go to class tomorrow and figure it out.   Usually you got in trouble because you don’t have a problem done.”

After years of seeing good students like Seattle struggle with some concepts teachers like Wendy McCrory decided to flip the way they taught.

“I was really frustrated my first year teaching geometry when I couldn’t help the kids that were struggling at home, so that’s why I said I’ve got to flip this and spend my time instead of standing up there teaching working, facilitating, and answering their questions,” McCrory said.

In a flipped classroom students do their homework in class with the help of a partner, and watch instructional videos at home allowing each student to learn at their own pace.

“It’s a little overwhelming, but once you figure out what to do you realize it’s a lot easier,” Greenwell said.

“If I didn’t get what the teacher said one time I can just go back and have it basically replay for me,” 8th grader Alex Wilson said.

“When you come into class if you understood it the night before you can get all of your problems done,” Greenwell said.  “If you’re confused on one you can always go to the people in front of you, the people beside you, the people behind you and work as a team in the class.”

By checking notes each day students are held accountable, and of course Mrs. McCrory is always there to answer any questions.

“Getting help immediately with the practice is what they needed because if they keep doing it wrong over and over it’s going to be hard to change that error analysis,” McCrory said.



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