Welcome back to The Villages Charter
School for the 2014-2015 year!

The first day of school is Thursday,
August 7th.

This year my class will
be a "flipped classroom".

What is a flipped
classroom?

A flipped
classroom has students doing, what would normally be their homework problems in
class with me. At night students will be required to watch the video
lesson for tomorrow's work on the computer. I believe a flipped classroom makes
sense with the new math standards and new testing formats. Instead of
parents trying to help students with problems or questions that don't make
sense to them, I will help the students in class. The lesson videos will
be available all year for students to use to study for tests and quizzes.
Also, parents can watch the videos with their child to help them
understand the new curriculum. Videos will not be longer
than 20 minutes. If your family does not have access to a computer,
tablet, smart phone, or the internet, please let me know when you return my
syllabus. My classroom will be open Monday - Friday for students to use
our computers for no charge, if your child does not normally attend After Care.
Students in After Care will be able to come to my classroom, too. If you
have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I will have examples
of what the flipped classroom will look like on August 5th. Here are some
websites that explain the "flipped classroom":

I'm looking forward to
meeting my new students!
If you ever have a concern about
your student, please contact me by email at Kristin.smith@tvcs.org or by leaving me a phone message at (352)
259-0044. Please remember that if you call, the front office will not put
calls through during class time, but I will return your call on my next break.