Day: October 22, 2012

When the going gets tough, they keep learning

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There was a moment in his math class earlier in the morning when Gubser Elementary School fifth grade teacher David Baumer felt his grip on his class slipping. The students were trying to calculate how many gallons of water 400 cups would fill. He stood at the whiteboard and walked the students through a number line and then tried to show them easier methods based on some previous calculations. Then the whispers started up among the students. “It’s getting hard,” Baumer said. “But stay on the board with me and paddle together.” The board wasn’t the whiteboard, but a surfboard, and a metaphor that’s helped him and his students since he first discovered the concept of disequilibrium two years ago. “The disequilibrium is that moment when things get out of balance, when learning gets hard because it’s something new,” Baumer said. “When you are learning and something gets hard you have two choices: you can stick with it and ask questions or you can bail, and most kids bail way too easily.” When a student last year came up to him to talk about problems with a new concept, she told him it was like being on a surfboard and you can either keep pulling yourself up and ride the wave or jump off the board. He swiped the idea and now...

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Committee volunteers needed

The City of Keizer is soliciting applications for volunteers to be considered to serve on the following committees: Keizer Points of Interest Committee – Identifies, authenticates and memorializes sites of interest in the Keizer area. Meets fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Stormwater Advisory Committee – Reviews guidelines and make recommendations to the city council on the development of ordinances pertaining to stormwater issues. Meetings scheduled as needed. Keizer Festival and Events Services Team – Researches the feasibility for developing venues for events and festivals, streamline policies and ordinances for potential events . Parks Advisory Board – Reviews and studies issues affecting city parks and makes recommendations to the city council.  The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Traffic Safety/Bikeways Pedestrian Committee – Reviews traffic, pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in Keizer and making recommendations to the city council for improvements.  The committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Keizer Channel 23 Advisory Committee – This committee makes recommendations to the city council to refine policy governing the operation of Keizer’s television channel and expansion of the programming. The committee meets on the 4th Monday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. Volunteer applications are available at Keizer Civic Center at 930 Chemawa Road NE, or by calling (503) 390‑3700.  Applications must be received by Monday, ...

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