Twitter Chat # 1

This chat was #flipclass on April 27. I have not been able to find questions ahead of time in any Twitter Chat I have participated in or listened in on. The moderator was Cheryl Morris.

  1. I missed the first question for this chat because it moved so quickly. However, from their responses to whatever the first question was, I learned a lot about why students flip the classroom and their strategies for making sure assignments are meaningful and worth students' time.
  2. I loved this idea of helping students grow as learners being the main goal of homework rather than content specific goals.
  3. I also thought this teacher's view was great. The school I am student teaching at this semester does not assign homework. I love the idea of not assigning homework unless students are wasting class time (and by that I mean really wasting class time rather than the frequent sort of getting off task and wasting some time that happens all of the time in my room).
  4. This teacher reinforces what I was thinking from the previous tweet.
  5. I also thought this idea was interesting. I know students will not see it this way, but I like the idea of making homework (for the most part) voluntary by giving students enough time to finish projects in class. If they don't use their time to be productive at a "normal" level then they make the "choice" to have homework.
  6. I also love this teacher's idea to use HW videos as a tool for differentiating. I know this will take prep time to find videos for students at different levels but my goal is now to start sifting through videos this summer.
  7. I was very excited for Q3 because these are questions I have been asking as well. However
  8. This response made me smile. Meaningful homework can definitely be finishing what was started in class. However sometimes I am ok with students not finishing what was started in class... as long as students are trying! Some of my students learn what they need and understand material long before they finish assignments. Others are struggling to make sense up until almost the end of project. Of course I want students to try to work on things they did not finish at home but I also feel really strongly that I need to provide students opportunities for assistance if needed so they are not on their own.
  9. I also was very excited to notice fellow CSUSM students chime in on Q3. I think I missed many of their responses previously because I would see their name and their tweet would disappear before I had time to read it, displaced by the rapid fire nature of this chat. I am still getting used to the pace. I thought seeing if students have meaningful questions after going through homework is a great indicator of how well HW is meeting student needs.
  10. I also appreciated this obvious answer that I had not thought about. Simply ask students! I think I will do this by asking students to track how much time they spend on homework outside of class (especially if the school I work at requires homework).
  11. I also connected with this conversation between CSUSM teachers. This semester I have encountered the same situation with many students. It really has grown in me the conviction to not assign homework unless it is necessary for students.
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