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Folmerica7/30/20123:59 PMWelcome to #sschat! Tonight I am co-moderating with @mseiderman. The topic is meaningful homework in social studies.
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Folmerica7/30/20123:59 PM@kconners09 I know what you mean... this is my first #sschat is ages due to my busy summer schedule.
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mseideman7/30/20123:59 PMHello #sschat Hope your summer is going well. Let's start tonight with intros: what's your name, where r u from, and what grade do u teach.
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woodenmask7/30/20124:00 PMHi. John from New Hampshire here. I teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. #sschat
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i_teach_history7/30/20124:00 PM@mseideman #sschat Hello from Nebraska. My name is Beth & I teach 7-9 SS
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Ron_Peck7/30/20124:00 PMHi, I'm Ron and I'm addicted to learning. Oh, and I'm from Southern Oregon. #sschat
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classroomtools7/30/20124:00 PMHello #sschat I am Bill Chapman, retired secondary social studies teacher, checking in from Berkeley, CA.
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kyteacher7/30/20124:01 PMHello from Kentucky. I'm Angela & I teach AP US History & AP US Government. #sschat
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AdaliaDavis7/30/20124:01 PMEsri Maps for Office 1.0 release now available! http://t.co/VjiwCsph -download it for free http://t.co/gNPkuHu0 #GIS #sschat
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mrsjjee7/30/20124:01 PMRT @mseideman: Join us in 5 minutes for #sschat with w/ @Folmerica. Topic: “How do we make homework meaningful in the SS classroom?”
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classroomtools7/30/20124:01 PM@woodenmask Hi John, welcome back. It seems to me its been awhile. #sschat
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woodenmask7/30/20124:02 PM@classroomtools Like Colonel Flag from M.A.S.H., nobody sees me come or go. I'm The Wind. #Crash #TheWindJustBrokeHisLeg #sschat
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Switchback427/30/20124:02 PMGreetings from Vermont. I'll be teaching sophomore U.S. history in the fall! #sschat
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mooresclassroom7/30/20124:02 PMHi #sschat. I'm Matt and I teach APUS History in the land of 'Little House on the Prairie'
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kspin277/30/20124:02 PMKaren from Plymouth. Teaching US2 and Sociology #sschat
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Susan_Solberg7/30/20124:02 PMHi #sschat I'm Susan from Maryland
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jk_coffee7/30/20124:02 PMHi Jill from SC. I teach mainly US History & Gov/Econ #sschat
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johnsonmaryj7/30/20124:02 PMHi. Mary from Colorado. I'm coordinating a network project for Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. #sschat
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42ThinkDeep7/30/20124:02 PMHi! I'm Michael from Massachusetts. I teach World History and Psychology. #sschat
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Slingland7/30/20124:02 PMHi #sschat My name is Jen, I teach American History at Pikesville High in Baltimore! Excited to see the convo on HW tonight.
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Folmerica7/30/20124:02 PMI am Ryan Folmer, I teach 10th grade World History and AP Euro at an all boys Catholic school in Baltimore, MD. #sschat
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kconners097/30/20124:03 PMHi, Kay from Northern Va, teaching 8th grade World Geo/Cultures. Great topic for meas Ss don't do HW. Don't assign much either. #sschat
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jeffskohls7/30/20124:03 PMJeff from Colorado. 9th world geo, an 12th contemp issues. E
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MsWenner7/30/20124:03 PMCarly here, teaching World History for gr 8-10 in Singapore. #sschat
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kyteacher7/30/20124:03 PM@Becky_Ellis_ Have an awesome night, Becky! #sschat
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cybraryman17/30/20124:03 PMJerry from the Twittersphere who prefers using "extended learning" instead of HW. #sschat
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AdaliaDavis7/30/20124:03 PMAdalia teaching AP Human Geog in SE Texas #sschat
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Ron_Peck7/30/20124:03 PM@Susan_Solberg Hi Susan, Thanks for joining us. #sschat
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i_teach_history7/30/20124:03 PM@johnsonmaryj That sounds very interesting Mary! #sschat
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42ThinkDeep7/30/20124:03 PM@ELanghorst What is for dinner? #sschat
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dlaufenberg7/30/20124:03 PMGood evening! joining you from lovely West-central WI... #sschat
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ELanghorst7/30/20124:03 PMEric from Liberty, MO - will be here until the food is on the table #sschat
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mseideman7/30/20124:03 PMMy name is Melissa. I teach APGOV and US History in Cold Spring NY #sschat
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johnsonmaryj7/30/20124:04 PM@i_teach_history Having a ball and learning more than my brain can hold! Beta testing for quite awhile. #sschat
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FinEdChat7/30/20124:04 PMGood evening - excuse my traffic as I will be participating in a #sschat (Brian Page, HS teacher)
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Folmerica7/30/20124:04 PM@kconners09 That's the best kind of summer busy #sschat #travel
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dtheisen7/30/20124:04 PMHi. I’m Dave from Minnesota and I teach apush and global studies. #sschat
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kspin277/30/20124:04 PM@mseideman to "extend learning" #sschat
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MrsBeck257/30/20124:04 PMAnne from Oklahoma here!! #sschat
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ELanghorst7/30/20124:04 PMtacos - kids favorite #sschat
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kconners097/30/20124:04 PM@Folmerica yes, and traveling! :) #sschat
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mseideman7/30/20124:04 PMQ1: Should we assign homework? #sschat
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42ThinkDeep7/30/20124:05 PMA1 - I often reading and responses (sometimes blogging) as a way to move through the material & add background for class activities #sschat
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rmjohnson457/30/20124:05 PMHello, Riley here from Fort Wayne, IN - I teach Economics, Gov't, and AP Gov't #sschat
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classroomtools7/30/20124:05 PM@johnsonmaryj Beta testing your brain or the project? :) @i_teach_history #sschat
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Switchback427/30/20124:05 PM@johnsonmaryj That sounds very intriguing! What is the project, exactly? #sschat
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MsLivFLVS7/30/20124:05 PMA1Yes, learning needs to extend beyond the four walls. #sschat #realworldconnections
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kyteacher7/30/20124:05 PM@ELanghorst Send some my way! #sschat
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Susan_Solberg7/30/20124:05 PM@Ron_Peck glad to be here! Looking forward to learning. #sschat
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jk_coffee7/30/20124:05 PMA1: I think the answer is in the purpose for the HW assignment. #sschat
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Folmerica7/30/20124:05 PMRT @mseideman: Q1: Should we assign homework? #sschat
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Ron_Peck7/30/20124:05 PMA1: Assigning homework depends on the goal and structure. Yes, if done well. #sschat
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classroomtools7/30/20124:05 PM@cybraryman1 I worked for years with a wonderful teacher who kept trying to find acceptable euphemisms for HW. Kids always saw thru. #sschat
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susandosemagen7/30/20124:06 PMA1: Depending on the assignment. For projects, some definitely should be done at home with goals in mind. No "busy work" though. #sschat
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mseideman7/30/20124:06 PM@rmjohnson45 How do you make it student driven? #sschat
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Ron_Peck7/30/20124:06 PM@rmjohnson45 Welcome Riley. Thanks for participating tonight. #sschat
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MrsBeck257/30/20124:06 PMA1: Only if HW is meaningful and relevant. I would rather call it "extended learning" #sschat
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Folmerica7/30/20124:06 PMRT @dlaufenberg: A1: I think we assign learning opportunities and when/where they do the work is somewhat unimportant to me. #sschat
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johnsonmaryj7/30/20124:06 PM@classroomtools Ha! I'm in perpetual beta test mode. Aren't we all? #sschat
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dlaufenberg7/30/20124:06 PMA1: I think we assign learning opportunities and when/where they do the work is somewhat unimportant to me. #sschat
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Folmerica7/30/20124:06 PMI have struggled with this question over the past year. I assign moderate homework most of the time & did none in the last quarter. #sschat
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classroomtools7/30/20124:06 PMA 1 Yes, but never for its own sake. #sschat
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ELanghorst7/30/20124:06 PMQ1 since I moved to standards based grading homework I assign does not have a grade, but helps prepare for the SBG assessment #sschat
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rmjohnson457/30/20124:06 PMA1: Yes, but it should be student driven, not teacher assigned. #sschat
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dana_sutcliffe7/30/20124:07 PMI assign homework that makes my students assess the world around them and take a point of view. #sschat
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rmjohnson457/30/20124:07 PM@mseideman By having students create individual or group based next steps...each team/person decides what they need to know. #sschat
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i_teach_history7/30/20124:07 PM@elanghorst I would love to move to standards based grading but NE's SS standards are in limbo #sschat
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Susan_Solberg7/30/20124:07 PMI believe in HW as a way to develop independent thinking. But it can't be busy work. I hate "read and answer these 5 questions" #sschat
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dlaufenberg7/30/20124:07 PM@kconners09 the readings or getting them interested in current events? #sschat
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mseideman7/30/20124:07 PMI really enjoying assigning readings that spur conversation the next day using socratic circles #sschat. They love a great debate
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cybraryman17/30/20124:07 PM@rmjohnson45 Agree and it should be generatedby student's desire to learn more on their own. #sschat
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Ron_Peck7/30/20124:07 PM@MrsBeck25 I like the concept of extended learning because it doesn't have to happen at home. Anywhere outside of class time. #sschat
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woodenmask7/30/20124:07 PMA1 - I don't believe in busywork, so there isn't a lot of day-to-day homework. Unfortunately,work doesn't get done in class or home. #sschat
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AdaliaDavis7/30/20124:07 PM#sschat Q1. Only if it is meaningful
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dlaufenberg7/30/20124:07 PM@rmjohnson45 good point, I assign things like... investigation and thinking homework. #sschat
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Folmerica7/30/20124:07 PMIn the last quarter, the kids did mostly like the no homework experiment and used time to work on projects, etc. #sschat.
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rmjohnson457/30/20124:07 PM@Ron_Peck Thanks Ron, always love it! #sschat
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kconners097/30/20124:07 PM@42ThinkDeep I assign readings also, and try to get Ss to pay attention to current events. But difficult for MS. #sschat
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dlaufenberg7/30/20124:08 PM@i_teach_history we use our own standards at SLA, departmentally created. #sschat
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phs_lancaster7/30/20124:08 PM@kconners09 #sschat check out flocabulary online they give a weekly news report for free (in a rap with video!!)
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ELanghorst7/30/20124:08 PM@mseideman I agree that it helps if completed homework means that students can participate in an engaging activity the next day #sschat
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MrsBeck257/30/20124:08 PM@Ron_Peck exactly. I know some of my Ss work throughout the day. not to be done but because they are interested and engaged #sschat
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drkorfhage7/30/20124:08 PMWhat specific sorts of homework do people assign? What is "meaningful"? #sschat
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Ron_Peck7/30/20124:08 PM@Susan_Solberg Oh, I know. I can't believe teachers still do that. Argh! #sschat
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cybraryman17/30/20124:08 PM@kconners09 Read the letter from a former student about my daily current events HW http://t.co/iPHm3uRA #sschat #sschat
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mseideman7/30/20124:08 PMGreat idea! RT @dana_sutcliffe: I assign homework that makes my students assess the world around them and take a point of view. #sschat
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kyteacher7/30/20124:08 PMA1: I assign very little homework. Will have students do some background reading the night b4+a few long-term items. #sschat
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AdaliaDavis7/30/20124:08 PMQ1. If it can be googled I probably will not assign it for HW #sschat
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Folmerica7/30/20124:08 PMI have at least taken a flipped approach. Basic knowledge info for homework and deeper learning for class time. #sschat
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classroomtools7/30/20124:09 PM@drkorfhage Here is a sample assignment. Give each student an anagramed word. They are to bring solution to class. In class, ... #sschat
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MrsBeck257/30/20124:09 PMA1: more liberal in this, but anything I ask Ss to do outside of my class rarely is graded #sschat
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kconners097/30/20124:09 PM@phs_lancaster @flocabulary I am going to definitely use this! Great idea. #sschat
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i_teach_history7/30/20124:09 PM@dlaufenberg Love that idea! #sschat Is everyone in the dept on board w/SBG?
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ELanghorst7/30/20124:09 PMsorry, have to go but will check out archives later #sschat
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MsLivFLVS7/30/20124:09 PMRT @AdaliaDavis: Q1. If it can be googled I probably will not assign it for HW #sschat
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MsWenner7/30/20124:09 PMAgreed! RT @AdaliaDavis: Q1. If it can be googled I probably will not assign it for HW #sschat
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Susan_Solberg7/30/20124:09 PM@MrsBeck25 what makes it relevant? How do you know when an assignment works? #sschat
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kconners097/30/20124:09 PMRT @AdaliaDavis: Q1. If it can be googled I probably will not assign it for HW #sschat > agree!
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tracycrowley777/30/20124:09 PMRT @dlaufenberg: A1: I think we assign learning opportunities and when/where they do the work is somewhat unimportant to me. #sschat
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