It’s no secret to parents of gifted kids that they often do not like or even feel the need to do homework and what may start as a simple assignment can quickly escalate to a full blown battle. Assessing the value of homework represents a great divide in education; expectations are rarely met. The purpose of homework is usually to reinforce lessons learned in class, but is this necessary for high-ability kids?
The effects of homework for our youngest students are unproven. Many believe time could be better spent in play and socialization activities. Homework may be more valuable at the secondary level for students considering higher education or to learn better work habits.
Socio-economic status can have a profound effect on the benefits of homework; many students must work and not all families have access to resources, such as Internet access at home, necessary to complete homework assignments.
Many believe that homework aids in student achievement. There are, however, many factors involved in realizing value from homework ~ i.e., subject matter, student ability. The quality of the homework assigned and an individual student’s needs affect the beneficial aspects of homework.
Should high ability students be required to do homework? Redundant, busy work provides few benefits to these students. They tend to work well independently in areas of interest. Meaningful, challenging work would provide greater benefits. High-ability students are often overloaded with homework; and experience high levels of stress, anxiety, health problems, and feelings of alienation.
Teachers can offer alternatives to homework. Younger students need to be actively engaged in ‘play’ time. Older students should be allowed to pursue passions so that they will be motivated to work outside classroom.
Homework is probably here to stay for the immediate future but educators are definitely taking a second look at when and what type of homework to give. A transcript of this chat may be found on our Storify page.
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In our inaugural chat on a Sunday, we discussed whether or not personalized education could ever be achieved in public schools. Questions considered included what exactly personalized education was, barriers to it being implemented, the role of the teacher and technology, and what could be learned from homeschoolers. A full transcript can be found here.
Due to the time change, many more participants from the UK and EU were able to join the chat. It was decided that going forward we will be holding at least one chat a month on Sunday.
Personalized Learning, Big Data and Schools fromEdutopia
Personalized Education Plan (w/samples for gifted students)
Personalized Learning: 5 Future Technology Predictions from IBM (video)
The Next Big Thing: Personalized Education (April 2009) from Howard Gardner
GHF Online from @GiftedHF
Personalized Learning (history – Wikipedia)
From Cybraryman “Personalized Education Plans”
“More Than Outside the Box” by Krissy Venosdale
“The 21st Century Classroom” (YouTube)
TEDx video “Revolutionizing Education with Personalized Learning”
This week, our special guest was Dr. Brian Housand, Assistant Professor at East Carolina State and member of the NAGC’s Board of Directors. He is also a well-known presenter at gifted conferences with standing-room only presentations.
Brian joined us to chat about his upcoming presentations at TAGT 2013 in Houston, TX, December 4 – 6. We discussed a variety of topics including using technology in the gifted classroom, BYOT, digital citizenship and the future of educational technology. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.
During the course of our chat, Brian made the astute observation that the introduction of CCSS in the U.S. has an unforeseen benefit to schools. The new online standardized tests associated with the Standards will require schools to update their technology; thus making it available to more students when not being used for testing. He added, however, that “Just because it [a school] uses technology does not mean that it is good – Good teaching and learning is still good regardless of the tool.”
‘Plugging into Creative Outlets’ on Slideshare
“Advantages of the BYOT Classroom” (requires free registration) from eSchool News
Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators from Edutopia
Technology Links Page from @cybraryman1
BYOT Page from @cybraryman1
Digital Citizenship from @cybraryman1
Dr. Brian Housand was our most recent guest on #gtchat. Brian is an associate professor at East Carolina University, previous Chair of Computers and Technology Network at the NAGC, a member of the Board of Directors at the NAGC and a nationally recognized speaker at gifted conferences. He will be speaking at TAGT ’12 in Dallas at the end of this month. He specializes in technology in the classroom and chat abounded with many useful links to tech tools and apps.
Brian’s interest in gifted education peaked when he attended his first NAGC conference in 2000. He did his graduate work at 3 Summers Master Program at UCONN and received his PhD there as well along with his wife, Angela Housand. He studied under the tutelage of Joseph Renzulli, Sally Reis, Del Siegle and others. Even today, he returns to his alma mater for Confratute and Imagine summer camp every year. Brian considers himself a ‘Proud Geek’!
In sharing his philosophy of gifted education, Brian said that he “deeply believes that we should be providing a continuum of services for our gifted students. We must provide them with exposure to a wide variety of experiences designed specifically to spur their curiosity. We then need to provide the space and support for them to explore and develop their talents. That being said, I also believe that they need to be allowed to go as far as they want to through the curriculum.”
From Slideshare: Creating Your Digital Footprint
Brian at Classroom 2.0 http://goo.gl/HqB4P
Abstract: “The Effects of Using Renzulli Learning on Student Achievement”
Brians’s Prezi: 21st Century Skills: Learning & Innovation
EGOR East Carolina Gifted Online Resources
Confratute 2013 July 14th – 19th at UCONN
60 in 60 by @brianhousand