Welcome back to The Villages Charter School for the 2016-2017 year!
The first day of school is Thursday, August 4th.
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. Here are some websites that explain the "flipped classroom":
www.aleks.com Students will be required to complete 4 ½ hours each nine weeks. At the end of this 1st nine weeks, the students must have 40% mastery. They can complete the 4 ½ hours at their own pace (this may be completed over the 9 weeks, over a weekend, or however they choose). Aleks is a great tool to help students prepare for the FSA. Students who earn the 4 ½ hours in time and 40% mastery will earn a dress down day at the end of the 9 weeks and the student with the highest percentage and mastery (out of my classes) will earn a gift card as well.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Emails are the best as I am in class all day at Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.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.