Is it time we banished homework?

Schools say it’s essential and means pupils learn to work independently. But students – along with some of their teachers – say it’s a waste of everyone’s time. Here, a headteacher and a pupil lay out their arguments for and against.

More here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/schools/is-it-time-we-banished-homework-8586836.html

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Student Engagement – Motivation

Courtesy of @cybraryman1

Teacher Notes: During the course of my teaching career I saw the need to try to engage my students in the learning process. I tried to find what each child liked and used that to get them more involved in learning. I had success with some turned off and disruptive students by having them use their writing, art or music skills in their school work. One student completed changed for the better when I got one of his poems published in a local library newsletter. One class that no one could handle loved when I had them produce their own news show.

http://t.co/fsG6caZHWu

Five best practices to consider when using Facebook with students

Courtesy of @gcouros…

As a school division, we are deep into developing blogs as portfolios with our students. To do this with approximately 10,000 students is a major undertaking but the work is important and I really believe that students should have a space to share and reflect on the work. This should not be unique, but the standard.

With that being said, as a school division we have decided to use a blogging platform (Edublogs) for student portfolios, as it can be used both as a “learning portfolio” (here is what I am learning right now) and a “showcase portfolio” (here is my best stuff). Through my own experience both blogging, and using my blog as a portfolio, I have seen some powerful benefits of blogging that would directly benefit our students.

http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3721