Students in Lynn Schaal’s seventh-grade math class at Bonduel Middle School can pretty much be counted on to always get their homework done.
That’s because they’re doing it in the classroom with Schaal right there in front of them and available to help if they get stuck.
It’s in the evening, when the kids go home, that they get their instruction, by way of a YouTube video, for the “homework” they’ll be doing in class the next day.
The concept is called a flipped classroom — an approach growing in popularity at the higher education level, but also beginning to trickle down to the middle and high school levels, according to Bonduel School District Administrator Peter Behnke.
“It’s a novel approach, but there’s some logic to it,” he said.
Behnke said if a student gets stumped on a math problem while doing his homework at home, there’s no help available until the student goes back to school the next day.