11/29/2012 1:05:00 PM Guest Commentary: Online model the new classroom norm
Krista Earl and Shelby Ortega
Krista Earl and Shelby Ortega
Starting in the 2012-13 school year, half of the 8th grade students at Cottonwood Middle School began using an online math class called Moodle.
Moodle isn’t your average online class. It’s what we call a flipped classroom. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. We, the students, learn the subject online at home, while we do the work the next day in class.
Everyone knows that a lot of students don’t pay attention in their math class while their teacher is teaching. So now with the Moodle online math course, we cannot only stay focused while we watch the tutorial videos and read through the website at home, but we also have a teacher to help us if needed while we’re doing our work in the classroom.
Originally, for me, Moodle was not such an easy task to adjust to. It was introduced at the beginning of the school year. It was as if it was something completely foreign and I just couldn’t grasp the thought of it.
I am used to the traditional classroom model, which is your typical classroom where the teacher stands in front of the class, presents his/her lesson, and then assigns students homework to do at home. I have been going through that type of class for about 7 years, and to just immediately switch felt very awkward.
However, as we have progressed throughout the school year, I have learned to adjust and adapt to our situation. This was possible thanks to our awesome math teacher. Who has done her best to make it a comfortable situation and a success for all!
Although many people found the flipped classroom a bit challenging, I adjusted well to it. This model is a lot different from the original model, but it’s not that difficult. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that you have to watch videos, but on the other hand, many students simply don’t do their homework in the traditional classroom model. It seems now that a lot of students, including myself, understand the concepts a lot better. Because now there’s not a chance of getting distracted during the lesson, by a kid throwing pencils around the room.
Overall, we believe “Moodle” has been a major success so far. It looks like students are turning in more of their work, and getting better grades too.
Krista Earl and Shelby Ortega are 8th grade students at Cottonwood Middle School.
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
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More contrived PR from the COCSD
So these kids like their math program. Terrific.
But does anyone actually believe these two students were not manipulated into writing this by adult handlers operating secretly behind the scenes?
What we really have here is yet another blatant example of the COCSDs wasteful $45,000 PR spending spree.
I would much rather see my educational tax dollars be used for kids in the classroom rather than on a Phoenix-based PR company.
Instead of contrived fluff, I would much rather see something genuine coming out of the COCSD for a change. And we dont need to spend $45,000 on a PR company to get it.
Moreover, when it comes to the toxic leadership of this district, you just cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear no matter how much you spend on PR.