This year, instead of conventional practice-based homework, we will be 'flipping' the classroom model around somewhat. We want students to do their practice in the guided environment of the classroom, collaborating with their teammates to critically think and problem solve. To take the place of what would traditionally be homework, students will be engaging in reflection on their learning outside of class. The reflective writings will come in two forms: short, focused, daily prompts answered via Twitter or email (the #Tweet180Project) and reflective learning blogs.
Students will have a Blogger blog using their Google Account and create an entry each week. The blog entries will be reflections on what they learned during the previous week, and the blog entries are due by Monday morning of each week before school at 8:00AM. The blogs are not just a set of "essay questions" to be answered, but in fact an original reflection (like a journal entry) of what was meaningful to the student during the week. Blog entries will also serve as a study resource for students later on, and they will be a digital portfolio of learning throughout the year. The scoring rubric is available for view at the bottom of this page.
Blog entries should meet the following criteria:
Blog entries can center around, but are not limited to, the following focus points:
Instructions for creating a Blogger account, blog for class, & new post are provided in the following steps below:
1) Login to Blogger
2) Create a new blog, using a Blogger Profile, or enter your blog if already created
3) To create a new blog, you'll need a title, web address, and template
4) Enter your blog to create a new post
6) Write your post, save/close it to return later to edit it more; and publish when done
7) Once published, you'll return to your blog dashboard and then view your blog