News for Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model

When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he's already learned the day's lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework. So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble. It's a technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" because it flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework — the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice. "It was hard to get used to," said Nguyen, an 11th-grader. "I was like 'why do I have to watch these videos, this is so dumb.' But then I stopped complaining and I learned the material quicker. My grade went from a D to an A."

School gun bill kicks off CO gun debates

Gun control and violence is up for its first debate of the year in the Colorado Legislature. A Senate committee was scheduled Monday to consider the first gun-related bill of the legislative term. The bill would allow schools to allow employees to carry concealed weapons. Under current law, an individual with a valid permit may not carry a concealed handgun at any public K-12 school.

Routine traffic stop leads to large drug bust

Authorities say a routine traffic stop in western Colorado turned up almost 5 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $218,500. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled a vehicle over on Interstate 70 on Saturday morning because the driver was weaving in and out of lanes and adjusting speeds erratically. The vehicle was impounded because the driver was unable to provide proof of insurance and his driving status had been revoked.

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Craig hockey finishes league season

The Craig Midget Hockey team closed out its league season in similar fashion to the beginning of the year in wins vs. losses, but those watching and playing could see a difference. The local hockey team for 14- through 18-year-olds hosted four games at the Moffat County Ice Rink this weekend. They lost a pair of games to Crested Butte, 8-1 and 8-3, on Saturday, followed by two losses to Gunnison on Sunday, 7-0 and 6-2.