MCCOMAS FLIPS HER CLASSROOM
Students at R-S Middle School will leave class today with no homework. Instead, when they get home tonight, they will watch a video of their math lesson. Ashley McComas, math teacher at R-S Middle School, is using a flipped classroom method to inspire her students to work harder. "I have the high level kids but their grades were not very good because homework was an issue. They would do well on tests and quizzes but they would have bad grades because they would get zeros for homework," McComas said. "So I was on the internet trying to do some research on how I could fix this problem, because their grades should be a reflection of what they know not how much they do. And I came across the idea of a flipped classroom." The flipped classroom uses technology to allow students to view or listen to the teacher's lecture at home. The teacher can then help the students with the material during class time. McComas uses her Bamboo Tablet to record her voice and makes instructional videos using flip charts. The videos go through the math units step by step.