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Flipped Instruction Part 1

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In the traditional classroom model, students listen to a teacher lecture, then are assigned work to complete at home. The flipped-instruction model reverses this, so students listen to or watch lessons at home before class, then work on assignments and projects in class with the guidance of an instructor to reinforce what they have already learned. There is no one right way to flip a class—each teacher, and classroom, may require different methods.

In practical terms this means the dissemination of information can take several forms: online content, whether podcasts or video, collaborative discussions, and text-based research. Often lectures are viewed or listened to at home by the students who then complete assignments and projects in-class, with the help of the teacher. It is a change from being teacher-focused to being learner-focused, with the added intention for the student to take more responsibility for his or her learning.

There are several benefits of flipped instruction:

  • Students acquire deeper knowledge—as a result of more interaction around the content, as well as giving and getting feedback from the teacher and other learners, students gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter
  • Students participate actively—rather than be passive consumers of the instructor’s information, students are engaged in their own learning
  • Students interact with and learn from each other—students work with each other to build a community of learning that includes peer support and tutoring
  • Students get and give more feedback—with increased peer interaction, as well as guidance from the teacher, students receive more feedback, which helps identify possibly overlooked gaps in their knowledge base
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Eliminating Legal Corporal Punishment Part 2

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Before legal corporal punishment can be eradicated completely, societal attitudes towards it must be changed. To do so, it is necessary to see children as possessing all of the rights of adults. Just as it is illegal and unthinkable to hit another adult, so it must be illegal and unthinkable to hit a child. Sensitizing and training teachers and communities is important, as is educating children on their basic rights. This takes time, however, especially in societies where using physical force as a disciplinary measure has always been seen as normal.

As well as emphasizing the negative aspects of corporal punishment, it is vital that other methods of instruction be introduced, such as positive discipline. Positive discipline is a set of techniques developed by Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs in the 1920s. It can be used by parents in the home, and by teachers in the classroom. It is a program that rewards good behavior, limits bad behavior, and encourages children to be respectful, responsible, and self-disciplined. Practical toolkits are available for free on the internet.

After the law is implemented, it must be disseminated and enforced.

Communication of the law can take place at several key points: birth registration, healthcare interactions such as vaccinations, training of all those who work with children, entry into school, and through social and mass media.

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Eliminating Legal Corporal Punishment Part 1

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Corporal or physical punishment is any punishment where physical force, no matter how slight, is used to discipline a child. Other punishments that are not physical but are intended to belittle or degrade a child can also be considered corporal punishment.

Corporal punishment has been illegal in most developed countries since the late 20th century, but is still legal in a large portion of the world and in portions of the United States. Successfully eliminating legal corporal punishment means a society-wide change in attitudes towards using violence as a disciplinary method against children whether in homes or schools. There is a large body of research on the negative effects of corporal punishment. One is escalation.   When mild violence doesn’t have the intended outcome, it becomes more pronounced, from light taps to hard hitting. Another is encouraging violence.

When you respond to behavior that you don’t like with violence, it teaches children that violence is an appropriate response when they are unhappy. There are also effects that cannot be measured but are incredibly harmful, such as psychological damage and the lowering of a child’s self-esteem. Teachers or caregivers who inflict violence on children often act out of personal frustration. Often children will not speak out due to fear, but will act out in their behavior, which causes more frustration, leading to further corporal punishment, a perpetuation of a vicious cycle.

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Eliminating Barriers for Entrance to Rigorous Classes Part 2

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By  increasing standards  and  targeting  all  pupils,  the overall academic standard can be raised.  Some barriers for entrance into rigorous classes may include the lack of a cohesive structure  within  teaching.  District  leaders  need  to  establish  districtwide policies that enable low income families to have access to higher level qualifications. In addition, district leaders could continue to educate and provide training for teachers in order to raise   awareness  of the interests and abilities of their students so that teachers can tailor  their lessons  to  suit  the children’s needs.  In addition, schools can ensure that any student can enroll in a class without barriers to registration.  Teachers can also encourage students to enroll in rigorous courses.  Some  student  aren’t  aware  of  the  opportunities  available  to them until they are directed by a teacher. These opportunities should be available to all pupils, not just the select few.  In  order  to  overcome  barriers  for  rigorous classes,  children’s  learning  needs  to  be monitored  closely  and  adapted  to  address  individual  issues. By  eliminating  the barriers, students will be provided with greater access to higher qualifications which could shape their lives for the better.

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Eliminating Barriers for Entrance to Rigorous Classes Part 1

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Rigorous high school courses are stepping stones towards success in the college application process.  Competition is increasingly fierce between pupils as they send their   applications   off,  awaiting  either   acceptance   or   rejection.   With increasing students applying to colleges, there has been growing competition for successful entry.

In the US,  there  is  a  growing  consensus  amongst  the  political  and ideological spectrum that every student must be ready for postsecondary education. According to an ACT survey,  high  school  graduates  are  still  not  career  ready  when  asked  to participate in certain tasks related to English, writing, mathematics, and science.

By eliminating  barriers  for  entrance  to  rigorous  classes,  pupils  are  being  granted further opportunities for career readiness. Raising expectations within the classroom can  help  pupils  to  meet  their  academic  requirements.  Some ways that schools  can raise  expectations  include  introducing  the  International Baccalaureate  program into schools.    The  International  Baccalaureate  is  a  highly  respected program  that  is included within the curriculum in certain European countries. The IB is also offered to some high achieving students in the US. However, this arguably perpetuates the gap between high attaining students and pupils who aren’t achieving well academically.  The  IB program stretches  pupils  academically,  while  promoting  the  social and  emotional development  of  the  student.

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  • About Laurie Kimbrel

    The current project manager for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, Laurie Kimbrel is an educator with many years’ experience. Before undertaking this position in 2015, Kimbrel served as Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, where she oversaw 4,200 students, 435 staff members, and managed a $63 million budget. Among other achievements under Laurie Kimbrel’s tenure, the district implemented a leadership model that formed Professional Learning Communities designed to augment teacher effectiveness through shared assessment data.

    Kimbrel holds a bachelor of science in music and business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also received a master of science in special education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and completed her education with leadership-based doctoral studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

    Dedicated to her community, Laurie Kimbrel is a hospice volunteer and works with nonprofits aimed at ensuring every child has access to great teachers and schools. She is also passionate about education reform and champions efforts to bring about effective hiring practices in schools.

  • Education & Publications

    Education

    Loyola University Chicago - Doctorate, Curriculum & Instruction

    National Louis University, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership

    Dominican University, Master of Science, Special Education

    Millikin University, Bachelor of Science, Music and Business

    Published/Presentations
    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

  • Community Service

    Laurie Kimbrel volunteers for a number of community organizations including Bristol Hospice as a patient volunteer, Destiny's Daughter's of Promise as a student mentor and Students First as an advocate for effective educational practices.
  • Contact Laurie Kimbrel

    lauriekimbrel929@gmail.com