Nikki’s Notebook: Flipped Learning

Homework Happens In Classroom, Instruction at Home

As iPads start to play bigger roles in the classroom some teachers are getting creative with how they’re used outside of the classroom too.

In Proctor Middle School teacher Kristen Kilpo’s classroom, she’s dealt with a lot of different kinds of students in her seven years of teaching. However, one problem with students seemed to be a constant.

“Kids spend most of their time taking notes, and me explaining what to do,” said Kilpo. “There was maybe five minutes for them to practice, and then they’d go home by themselves trying to figure out what they did in class.”

At a teacher workshop she was introduced to a solution, called flipped learning. The instruction happens when the kids are at home; they do their homework in the classroom. They learn the concepts through video she records and they watch on their iPad at home.

The students say, the complicated parts have become easier.

“It’s my favorite class because you can do it on your own pace, and is understandable to go back and watch it,” said student Emma Vanneste.

“Somedays I can get all my homework done in class, I don’t have to do it at home,” said student Ian Eales.

Kilpo says this may not work for every class, but it’s giving math students some confidence back.

“A lot of times they expect they can’t do math, so they wouldn’t do the homework. I’m removing that,” said Kilpo. “There is no excuse, I’m here to help.”