One of the girls in my calculus class was confused about a question on a "take-home quiz." These are really just homework assignments I collect and mark. I do this to encourage them to work together and take homework seriously. I'm not as good as I should be about checking to see who does it on a regular basis. It just takes too much time and I still have way too much to cover before the AP exam. (The single period is killing us.) The reason I am writing this now is I just checked our class Facebook page and saw the request for help and a dialogue that transpired with 12 comments involving 6 kids, kids I that are not friends outside of school. Membership in the group is up to 70.
Teachers and parents complain that the kids spend too much time on the Internet. Well, here is a group using it for something positive. Funds may have been cut to schools, our class time has decreased but Facebook has provided a way for my kids to get the extra help some so desperately need.