I am so excited to begin a new, individualized way to teach math in the 2013-2014 school year. I have worked hard to create a curriculum and format for math class that will challenge the students and help them become more proficient. This year will be conducted in a new format, which is called a “flipped” classroom. Since this will be new for both the students and parents, I wanted to explain it so I can answer any questions that you might have.
A “flipped” classroom format is defined as a class that does what has been traditionally thought of as classwork as homework, and what has been traditionally thought of as homework as classwork. This is not a new idea, or even my idea. This is being used in many types of classrooms across the world. This summer I was fortunate enough to take classes for my Masters and thoroughly researched the “flipped” classroom and I am confident that this format is going to allow your child to be more successful in math
Students will be able to use computers, iPods, or Smartphones to watch the lectures which I have created. These lectures are given in different formats, for example PowerPoint or Prezi, and will be similar to the style of lectures from a traditional class. This format enables students to watch lectures at their own pace, replay lectures when they need additional help, and helps students that miss class keep up with their classmates.
If I am no longer giving a formal lecture in class, what will be going on in the classroom? During regular class time, students will be completing assigned activities that help them put into practice the concepts that were learned in the lectures at home. Additionally, students will work on real world problem solving, have group discussions to deepening understanding, receive individual help, and creating their own ways to show their understanding in class. Students will be able to work in small groups or individually to accomplish their assigned tasks. Since I am not giving a formal lecture during class time, students will be able to complete more activities to increase their knowledge and challenge themselves with harder material.
In this format, not only will the students be working hard, but I will be too. I will be able to answer more questions during class time and interact more with each student. I will be able to do more checks for comprehension and be able to address any problems that students are having with the material quickly. I will also be able to have more conversations using math vocabulary with students both individually and in small groups, which will increase their math terms.
I introduced this new format to the class and we discussed the benefits and responsibilities. They were excited and eager to begin. Since this is a new format, we will begin slowly and will not be fully “flipped” until all students have shown they can access and watch the videos from home.
I am looking forward to making this school year our best yet at EAC. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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