Teachers transform traditional classroom


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

MURRAY, Ky. - 7Th grade math teacher Kayla Staley teaches students to solve problems.
Recently, she has been the one looking for answers.

"Something's got to be done because what we're doing is not working. Kids are beyond paper and pencil, they don't use paper and pencil outside of class.  Everything else is digital," Staley said.

So she's taking a chance and trying something new.

"That's the same lecture that I usually do, instead of 20 minutes, it's a six or seven minute lecture now," Staley said.

"It's relevant to kids, they watch YouTube all the time they spend hours on YouTube," Staley said.

She and 11 other area educators applied for a state grant to flip their classrooms. They're using new technology, like the swivel and iTouch, to record lessons for students to watch on-line, at home. Students will spend class time working on assignments, what we called 'homework.' Their time at home will be spent watching lectures.

Teachers see lots of advantages to flipping their classrooms. Parents can learn alongside their children, it frees up class time, and students can rewind and replay if they need to repeat a lesson.

"I plan to make the notes they take from the video their ticket to get the assignment, you don't get to start the assignment until you've watched the video," Staley said.

In a digital world where kids are easily board, Staley thinks this solution adds up.

12 teachers from Marshall, Calloway, Lyon, and Trigg County Schools participated in the program taught on Murray State's campus and plan on implementing the new method this school year.