EDITOR: Your article about teachers flipping the learning experience by having students follow a video of the lesson as homework prior to the next class, which is then devoted to reinforcing that lesson, reminded me of a calculus class I took as a UC freshman (“Teaching model 'flipped,' ” Jan. 28).
Video wasn't involved; Polaroid was high-tech then. The professor simply handed out the lesson assignments for the whole semester on the first day and suggested we do each lesson at home prior to that lesson being taught in class. All of us who followed that strategy had a much better grasp of what the professor was teaching in class, plus if we had experienced any difficulties with the lesson at home, we knew what to look for or ask about in class.
The result was one of the most enjoyable, worthwhile classes I ever took and an easy “A.” Nice to see a technique from the stone ages is put to good use today.
Media Center funding
EDITOR: We, the active members of the Community Media Center, have been notified that the Santa Rosa City Council will discuss the center's proposed closure today (“End likely for SR media center,” Monday).
The media center is of great service. Our local talent, and great it is, has an opportunity to develop such talent in singing, playing instruments, poetry reading and more. We bring programs in English and Spanish, bringing our community closer together — much needed practice, as we well know.
Through the community calendar, we are knowledgeable about what's going on, and through some programs, we see the beauty of our city. Other projects provide tips for better health. In the summer, youngsters learn the use of technology for many purposes, including leadership and teamwork — much needed skills in the present world of work.
I firmly believe that through creativity, our health is improved, needing, thereby, fewer other services. With healthy citizens, we have fewer problems. Therefore, I encourage the city staff and the City Council to consider any suggestions that the Media Center staff may have in regards to its continuation.