Has your child's classroom been flipped? Instead of the teacher standing in front of the class to give a lecture, the students watch a video from home on their computer, tablet or phone. Then the worksheets are done at school the following day, in the classroom with the teacher standing by to help.
"They are on their phones and tablets anyway, so this puts homework where they want it to be," said Stephanie Bockhorst, a math teacher at Parkway South Middle School.
Bockhorst is now in her fifth year teaching in a flipped classroom.
"Traditional homework worked for us maybe, but I don't believe it works for these kiddos anymore because they want something new, something innovative," she said. "They want something fast-paced, fast-moving, and with the quick video instruction, they buy into it a lot more."
Eighth grade student Kendall McBryan has bought in. She said she wished all her classes were flipped.
"It’s way easier learning it at home and then we can come ask questions. She (teacher) is there to help us while we do the worksheets so it's a lot easier," said McBryan.
The videos Bockhorst records are 10 to 15 minutes in length. Students don't see her, it's just her voice and the math problem she is solving. Bockhorst uploads the video to a secure website that the kids access from home.
"They can rewind, rewatch and pause the videos so they get more instructions," Bockhorst said.
Since flipping, the teacher says she has seen achievement go up and time spent on homework go down.
"Typically their grades go up even a letter grade with the students who really buy into it. They tell me they have less homework," Bockhorst said.
One recent report said flipped learning will increase about 35 percent over the next four years. Several local districts told NewsChannel 5 it has flipped classrooms. Some districts estimate roughly 20 to 30 percent of classrooms have adopted the method in some fashion.
Some of the common complaints about flipped learning deals with the curriculum implemented incorrectly and it can be a challenge for students who don't have access to the internet at home.