Students in Oakton take on "flipped learning"

OAKTON, Va. (WJLA) - Kim Duncan "flipped" her honors chemistry classroom three years ago. She's a teacher at Flint Hill School in Oakton.

Rather than giving a traditional lecture in class, she records it as a podcast that students watch at home instead of homework. Then during class, she engages the students with small group projects, worksheets and one on one time to answer questions. It's called "flipped learning."

"It gives us a lot of time to do things in class like go over things we needed to go over from the podcast the night before," said Jake Walsh, 10th grader.

According to a survey of teachers using this method, 67 percent reported improved student test scores and 80 percent saw an improvement in their students' attitudes.

Duncan says since she flipped her classroom, her students' grades are up.

"It's not that the method makes your grades higher, it's that I think the method forces you to do the work that's expected," explained Duncan.