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Algebra flipped upside down
By Austin Meek
At Briarhill Middle School, the eighth-grade algebra class is "flipped."
This means that children do their conventional homework at school and learn the material at home. This helps children so that they don't go home and do their homework all wrong and come back in class the next day and get a zero on it.
There is more homework, though, because the student learns the lesson at home. The teacher sometimes makes videos or finds appropriate helpful videos to help the students learn the concept. Schools all over the district are trying this and it is helping lots of students. Not only does the student learn the material at home, but they are also being exposed to some of the new material that the teacher will further explain in class.
These assignments are spaced out usually over a period of a week or month, depending on the size of the assignment and number of other assignments going on.
This is helping students because they are able to be helped during class while doing their work by the teacher, who walks around and helps any students that have trouble. It is also good to have one slightly larger assignment due over a long period of time because someone might be busy one night but can then do the homework another day instead of daily assignments.