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Sometimes the Best Homework Assignments are the Ones We Don’t Give

I got an email this afternoon from one of my students. He had shared a Google Slides presentation with a comment asking for our principal’s email address. He had read a Newsela article about a gaga ball pit. He was so interested in the concept that he created a persuasive presentation asking her to get one for the school playground. It came complete with pictures, supporting facts, and cited sources. The best part – his email came after school today, which means he went home and chose to do this completely on his own!

We have been working on persuasive letters in writing, and I love how he put the learning to use. These surprises are one of my favorite parts of teaching – watching a student take something you taught them and use it for an authentic purpose! Now I need to find a way to make this happen for him. To be continued…

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