Magazine article Teach

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Magazine article Teach

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

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The beginning of a new year sees many people resolving to make positive changes in their lives. For students, they may resolve not to procrastinate doing their homework or for some, completing it at all. This brings us to the hot topic of, homework: is it a help or hindrance? The first Feature Story explores this question. A growing number of teachers don't think traditional homework is working. Asking students to complete traditional, repetitive homework can make them equate multiplication, for example, as punishment. And when homework becomes a routine in pulling teeth, parents often step in to help complete the assignment-benefiting no one. How is the philosophy of homework changing to help students achieve? Peruse this story to find out.

Elsewhere in this issue, the second Feature Story by educator Dan Garrison, discusses cooperative learning. We often hear that kids today are different from previous generations, but this is especially true with the abundance of technology in all our lives. We live in a world where we don't ponder, we "Google" and where we don't converse, we text. How can we prepare students for a world that is constantly changing the way we think, communicate, and collaborate? Through cooperative learning, says Garrison. He explains the simple premises of the theory and how he implemented them with his own students. Read on to find out if he was successful and how his students responded.

What is the difference between cats and dogs and how does it relate to education? In Classroom Perspectives, school administrator Tina Bacolas observed a high school science class that was taking a 'cat approach' or, a student-centred learning approach. …

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