New Teaching Technique Reverses Traditional Routine
A school in Maplewood is trying something new: reversing the traditional pattern of learning at school and doing homework later at night.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School is trying the new technique in an eighth-grade algebra class.
Principal Michael Rogers says the teaching technique is popular. "The parents like it, and the students like it, and the teacher likes it," he said.
The concept begins with students watching a pre-recorded lecture at home on a computer with Internet access. Students can pause and restart, even repeat lessons as many times as needed.
Next, students do traditional homework in the classroom where the teacher can help overcome obstacles. Teacher Rachel Whitney says it's a better use of time. "Now they have this entire class time devoted to working on their problems and being able to ask questions, instead of sitting and listening to me lecture."
Principal Rogers says the class is a pilot program for the school, but appears to be successful. "Compared to where the kids were in eighth grade last year, this year's class is, I would say, further ahead."