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Teach it to learn it

December 13, 2010

When was the last time a kid stopped you in the lunchroom to tell you that “My dad told me to tell you that that homework assignment was awesome?” This is a true story of 21st century homework, inspired by twitter and scichat and powerful learning connections on the internet.

Scichat is this incredible twitter chat between awesome science teachers that takes place every tuesday at 9pm. Imagine science teachers from all over the internet getting together to discuss everything from ways to make science homework more engaging, to making how to introduce more inquiry into labs. It’s awesome.

A couple of weeks ago, I took away this great idea for a homework assignment: have kids teach parents.

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The very next day, I got the following feedback I mentioned above from a student in the class. My students also came away with some other awesome observations:

  • My mom was so distracted. She kept checking her cell phone for messages, so it took her twice as long to get the assignment done.
  • My dad kept trying to appeal to non-existant forces, he didn’t seem to understand the point of free body diagrams.

Here are some of the results.

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Overall, this was a fun homework assignment with a bang for for the buck that was off the charts. Thanks scichat! I will be trying this again…

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