Here is a novel idea worth thinking about. Several math teachers at a Colorado high school have turned the homework-schoolwork model inside out. Instead of using class time to introduce content (my translation: lecturing or providing direct instruction) and then sending students home to solve problems or grapple with that content, they've decided to flip it. Class lectures and other such materials are now available online or burned on a DVD for students to take home. During class time, the students solve problems and work more directly with the teachers. The TV news folks, of course, portray this shift in educational thinking as a renegade high school doing away with homework.

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I actually like the idea of having students go over content on thier own and work on homework type assignments during class. At first it sounds like a great idea that would help the students seemingly learn more. There are however a couple of concerns I have. The first is that you would have to assume that all of the students have access to computers outside of class time. Another concern is that how many of the students would actually take the time to sit down and learn about things on thier own. The last concern I have is that it would be very time consuming for students to try and learn these things on thier own at home. I believe that some things could be taught this way, but that the majority of subjects and curriculum should not be.

I think that this is a good idea for some students but not all. All students have different learning styles. This method of learning would be good for students who are visual or auditory learners but what about the students who are kinesthetic learners. If these students aren't getting input in their style initially, it may be more difficult for them to grasp the concept.

The part of this I like the most is that it allows more time for students and teachers interact and do the hands-on activities. But I think that teachers have to put a lot of responsibility on students to watch the lectures at home. Students may not have the means to do this, the environment for it to be beneficial, or may just choose not to watch it.

I like the idea of having a classroom blog. That leaves the students more accountable for their own learning. What are the guidelines that you give them? What do you do for those that don't have access?

With the advent of e-learning, this shift actually makes a lot of sense. Technology cannot yet help students work through all their questions and obstacles, but it can provide fantastic lectures/presentations.

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