When I started this year telling my class that they would not be getting regular traditional homework like they have been use to, it was received either with shock, excitement, or flat out denial.
I want to give students time to explore their passions and grow as kids. I want the work they do at home (homework) to be an extension of the classroom. With this freedom, I give them a voice to share their learning/work in class.
The first time a student came in to share, was when I did the fist pump of celebration. Yes with them watching me :). Their have been numerous other occasions of this happening, so instead of sharing the first I thought I would share a few of the things my students have done instead of me giving them ‘homework’:
-using Minecraft to build worlds/concepts discussed in class
-blog post about polar bears after a Google Hangout with Pen Hadow
-sharing a new addition strategy with his sibling/parent because they thought it was a cool trick
-downloading apps used in class to continue at home
-testing/sharing of apps/websites that would benefit classmates
-solving a puzzle/code introduced during our read aloud for #GRAFIAT
-taking a computer programming class on the weekends to follow his passion (He just shared the start of his game that he coded in Scratch today!).
How are you allowing students to follow their passions?
What has been your most memorable moment this year?
Please take a moment to browse the posts below to see some other memorable moments from the start of this year.