9.13.2012

mathchat forum...

Make a prediction. What percent of instructional time is dedicated to answering homework questions from the previous day? Now...time yourself for ten days and report your average. Inquiring minds want to know! :)

This will be my third year to offer my students a private online forum to discuss homework.


Our MathChat forum extends the walls of the classroom beyond the school day. We can still collaborate and coach each other after school hours. The discussion threads are posted in an education wikispace. My students, parents, and administration have logins and passwords to participate in the forum. And I have notifications sent directly to my email when someone posts in the forum...which I manage from my iPhone. The setup does not require the use of student email addresses. Two of the most significant benefits from the implementation of a MathChat forum is that the discussion option reduces anxiety for my students and saves me time in class the next day. It's a win-win for all involved.

How do you address homework issues in your classroom? Please leave a comment to share your tried and true method.

Happy Friday Eve to YOU...make it count!
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2 comments:

  1. I've considered something like this ... about what percentage of your students regularly use it (anecdotal guess is fine)?

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    1. About 80% of my 7th grade algebra students use our forum, while only roughly 50% of my 8th grade algebra students use it. And I'm counting the lurkers! I can see when each student last logged in to the wiki space.

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