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Published February 06, 2012, 07:04 PM

Hawley math class taking a new angle on learning

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - A Hawley Junior High teacher is turning the traditional classroom setting upside down or should we say flipping it around. Students are listening to his lectures from home and doing their homework in class.

A Hawley Junior High teacher is turning the traditional classroom setting upside down or should we say flipping it around. Students are listening to his lectures from home and doing their homework in class.

Scott Mies spends just a few minutes of his math class in front of the Smartboard. The rest of the time is spent beside students.

Scott Mies – Hawley High School Math Teacher: "We spend the majority of time in class doing what is considered homework."

Last fall, Mies flipped his five junior high classes, meaning he records his lectures outside of school. Students can watch the lectures using a variety of devices such as a computer or iPAD. If they don't have a computer, they can get a DVD or simply go to the public library.

The result? Students come into class prepared with questions.

Scott Mies: "But now the entire class time is used for me to go around to help students out and I really like that part of it."

Kids can also work at their own pace.

Beau Kruger – 8th Grader: "We can work on our computers to do our homework and we can ask for help if we need to and look at some packets if we have some struggles."

Overall Mies has yet to see a dramatic improvement in test scores, but some individual grades are up.

Madison McCoy – 8th Grader: "I retook it because I had a C+ and now I have an A."

"Before I had a B minus now I have an A, because you can ask him more questions and he has time to explain it to you.”

Individual attention in a class of about 22 students, all thanks to the latest technology.

Mies says there is one downside to the flipped classroom. Some students failed to watch his lectures, a problem he quickly solved with pop quizzes.

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