What will you do differently with students next year?

After attending NECC 09 in Washington D.C. I determined to consider my next year’s teaching. In the process, I realized there were some changes I wished to make in how I work with my students. Perhaps the most important of my changes is a desire to allow students to choose the most appropriate tool to use when doing an assignment. As I thought about it, I realized I wanted to see what others might consider important as well. I posted the following on Twitter:
What will you do differently w/ students next year? Plz RT ... (personally I will allow more choices of tool 4 assignments)

I received the following answers and determined I should share them with others in my PLN. Enjoy.

@wmchamberlain @gardenglen I finished the year giving my students options and it worked very well. New position this year, don't know what will change....

@barbaram @gardenglen I really like your flexible use of tool idea. Been hovering there. Will think about how to build capacity from the past year.

@janellewilson I'll add true interactive science nb & addtnl projects & choice. RT @gardenglen: What will you do differently w/ students next year? Plz RT

@plnaugle @gardenglen That is what I'm working on too. Allow them to explore the options. Want to do digital storytelling project and they choose how.

@jeffmason @gardenglen more open-ended research

@cfanch@gardenglen I'll be adding Oral hmwrk/quizzes/tests answered via podcasts occasionally. Also, taking a bigger interest in learning styles.

@hrmason@gardenglen I want to move toward PBL and big questions. Let students have more control over my classroom. 

@SciTeach3@gardenglen Have students collaborate on & turn in assignments digitally. Have students text in answers & questions 4 class discussions

@mrwashy@gardenglen definitely more online collaboration and posting for projects and labs!

@chrisludwigRT @gardenglen What will you do differently w/ students next year? Try a pseudo 1:1 laptop classroom w/ MacBooks, Online texts for #apbio

@amorrill@gardenglen try to add more social studies/science units that start with essential questions, leading to more student directed research

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Tags: change

Comment by Jennifer Hood on July 10, 2009 at 3:39pm
Incorporate more literature into class discussions to improve scientific literacy. More student-generated data after labs. Incorporate use of glogs as a final product after a unit/topic as 'summaries' of what was learned, discovered.
Comment by Glen Westbroek on July 10, 2009 at 3:48pm
Jennifer, I like the changes you suggest. I"ll be looking at some of these as well. Part of my posting is to get more ideas. I enjoy changing how and what I have students do to meet state core requirements.

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