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July 27, 2013

Lew-Port Middle School flipping over technology


Niagara Gazette — While some have argued higher standards are important in the 21st century, those responsible for teaching the new standards have largely been caught off guard. And the trouble not only struck teachers, it also put a strain on parents who wanted to be involved in their children's education but simply couldn't keep up.

Ramirez said the flipped classroom allowed everyone to be involved in the education process this year.

"The Common Core State Standards were very demanding not just for the children but also for parents," he said. "The math curriculum has changed so much recently. With the parents involved, they can also help to reinforce learning at home. This is a nice bit of added support that will help our kids in the long run."

It didn't take long for everyone to notice the benefit. Golden said she was quickly notified of positive changes from parents of previously struggling students, letting her know they appreciated the videos. Some even asked her to make more of them than she'd planned, suggesting topics for further study. Parent-teacher conferences changed, as well.

Ramirez said in a world constantly pushing students to succeed and become college ready – the stated goal of the Common Core standards – a tool like video instruction like a flipped classroom can offer is important. So he has a grand plan to implement the flipped approach in all of his school's math classes come September.

In fact, it's something he said has merit across the school's core education system, from math to science and even ELA.

"Our whole goal is 'Aiming Higher,' " Ramirez said. "Any way we can tap into their interests to get them college ready, we're better off."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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