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    Welcome to The Flipped Classroom 
     
    This year you will be an involved in something very different and very exciting! 
     
    Let me put it this way...if Math class was a CAR..then you would be the DRIVER.  Not me...YOU!  Don't worry, I'll still be around.  But this year you have control of the wheel and I'm in the back seat...buckled in and screaming out directions:)  
     
    My Algebra Classes follow what is currently referred to as a Flipped / Mastery Model of Learning.   That's just a lot of words trying to describe a very simple concept.  In our class you as the student take on the responsibilities of an active learner.  I, as your teacher, am here to support, guide and coach you on this journey.
     
     
    *** Flipping during COVID-19 Update...As we are all entering into a world of the unknow it is unclear as to how this temporary "normal" will effect us in the long term.  As we move forward, I will be doing my best to integrate my Flipped practices into the classroom as best I can.  Clearly the practice of collaboration has taken a significant hit and we will all just have to do our best to navigate the road ahead. Understanding this, please read on to get a better understanding of how the flipped classroom works.  Please understand that many of the practices listed below will need to be modified this year.
    Q & A With Mrs C
     
     If you would like to contribute a question to be answered, please send an email to  
    acaruso@wlbschools.com ( RE: Q & A with Mrs. C.)
     
     
    Q.   What do you mean by "Flipped" learning?
     
    A.   The word represents a shift or flip in my classroom from Teacher-Centered lessons to a Student-Driven learning experience.  The days of sitting in class and listening to someone teach you how to do something are gone.  If you need to learn how to do a particular skill, you will view a short tutorial that will be posted by me onto my YouTube Channel.  But that will be done at home, not in class.  Class time is sacred.  In class you will work with me and with your peers to practice and apply the skills that you learned in the videos.  
     
    Q.   What happens when a student does not view the video at home?
     
    A.   Nothing!  If a video is assigned and a student fails to view it then, literally "nothing" happens.  The student gains no understanding and the student does not progress to a level beyond where they were before the video was assigned.  The day after a video is assigned, students come to class with a basic understanding of a new skill.  In class they will then begin to practice and apply that understanding.  In this situation what will happen to the student who does not have the information?  They will not be able to work with and contribute to a group because they do not have the basic understanding needed.  The good news is that with some additional effort and hard work, students can get back on track.
     
    Q.   Do all of your students progress at the same rate?
     
    A.  Because students are required to show mastery of each skill, students therefore progress at different rates.  I can guarantee that the first day of school will be the last day we are all on the same page in class.  Everyone learns differently and at different speeds.  
     
    Q.   I don't have internet access at my house.  How will I be able to watch the videos?
     
    A.   It has been estimated that over 80% of Americans have access to the internet at home.  Unfortunately there are individuals that either do not have the access from home or  have to share with other members of the household.  If your internet doesn't work for any reason this presents a challenge that we will have to overcome.  Remember that I am available after school everyday.  You are more than welcome to stay with me and watch the video on a class devise.  You can also arrange to watch the videos at a friend or relatives house.  Remember that videos on YouTube can also be viewed on any smartphone or tablet.  If none of these solutions work, you can always view the videos in class.  This is not a desirable option because you will be sacrificing your practice and apply time.
     
    Q.  If everyone is progressing at a different rate, how do you give assessments?
     
    A.  This year students will only move on to the next skill after they have shown mastery of the previous skill.  In years past students could fail a test in Chapter 1 and still move on to Chapter 2.   That will NOT happen this year.  Algebra skills layer.  What I mean is, you need to understand and master each level in order to be successful in the next.  Consider video games.  In most video games you are required to progress through different and increasingly difficult levels.  To not master certain skills usually means trouble in future challenges.  Algebra is no different.  It is very important that students show proficiency in each skill to have success in the future units.
     
       Because students are at different levels, they assess at different times...when they are ready! We only take 2 Tests, a Mid-Term and a Final Exam.  These 2 Exams are given to everyone at the same time and students will need to keep this in mind when pacing themselves.  Say for example the Mid-Term is scheduled for the end of February.  Students will need to be aware of the skills that will be assessed and work to insure mastery of those skills prior to the Exam.  We also have Unit Assessments and Performance Assessments. The unit assessments are designed to help identify your level of mastery, as well as diagnose what skills are weak.   The performance assessments will push you to apply the skills and use higher level thinking strategies.