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Schools Continue to 'Flip' Their Classrooms Nationwide

Schools Continue to Flip Their Classrooms Nationwide

In response to a number of students failing mathematics, a school in Cottonwood Heights, Utah is flipping its classrooms. 

When Pam Loveridge saw that 40 out of 200 of her middle school math students at Butler Middle School were failing, she knew she had to do something drastic, said The Salt Lake Tribune. Loveridge asked her students to watch her recorded lessons on computers at home, and during class they worked on assignments that would have been homework. Students got more one-on-one attention from her during class. Within seven weeks, only three of her students were still failing. 

"The time in class was much better used," she said. 

Flipping classrooms has been an ongoing national trend for quite some time now, in both higher and lower education, said the article. The idea is to expose students to new concepts at home through video lessons and then have them do work in the classroom. There are some challenges, however, to those who flip, such as technology at home. Proponents, however, said flipping makes it "easier for kids to learn at their own paces and for teachers to help students."

"Kids could go back and listen to pieces they might have missed," said Glen Andersen, a teacher at Red Mountain Elementary in Ivins. Andersen and other fifth-grade teachers, according to the article, flipped their classrooms last year. 

At Brighton High in Cottonwoord Heights, Sarah Carlson flipped her classes, such as her honor physics class. 

"When they're at home working on problems by themselves, they get stuck and frustrated and sometimes they just quit," she said. "In clas, they have each other as resources, and they have me as a resource."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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