1+1 Winner: Brian Madden
NewsCenter1 and First Interstate Bank partner together twice a month to provide a $500 grant to local teachers and faculty members for their outstanding work. It’s called the 1+1 Giveaway.
Brian Madden, a math teacher at South Middle School, is the most recent winner.
With the $500 grant, Madden plans to buy 10 Kindle devices to help students learn in what he calls a “flipped classroom.” In that style of teaching, students learn at home and practice their skills in the classroom.
"Students watch videos at night as their lesson instead of doing traditional homework," said Madden. "When they come to class, that’s when they do what would be their traditional homework. That way, I’m available for them to answer questions or whatever while they have them working doing the actual work as opposed to having questions when they get sent home."
Madden also says that the grant will allow all students to have the resources for his lessons in the classroom. As it stands, students need access to a mobile device or a computer to view the lessons at home.
"Not all of our students are in a financial position to have the devices to watch the videos," said Madden. "With this, they’ll be able to come to class, pick out a Kindle Fire, take the first 5 or 10 minutes to watch the lesson, and then get to work in class."
For many teachers, the 1+1 Giveaway allows them to pursue passion projects with their students and explore education outside of the curriculum. The grant can be awarded across disciplines and subjects in any local school.
"We have given grants to P.E. teachers, math teachers, reading teachers, counselors," said Amber Whitford, a loan processor with First Interstate Bank. "It really is a whole spectrum of teaching. Whether it’s a need for materials or a need for additional seating, its something that can help every aspect."