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    Ms DeanSep 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Great article Katie! I love hearing a student’s prospective on the class set issue. I’d like to share a teacher’s prospective… As a bio teacher for the last 5 years, I’ve done both – passed out books for students to take home, and used a class set, and I’m still trying to figure out the best method. I used to pass out the books, but I experienced some problems with giving everyone a copy. That meant there weren’t very many left to use in the classroom. We did not use the book everyday in class, so students were in the habit of leaving them in their lockers unless I asked them to bring it. Often when they were needed in class (even when reminded ahead of time), students wasted precious class time going to their locker to get them, or worse, they couldn’t use it because they left it at home. The opposite was also true. Sometimes students didn’t have their homework done because they had left their book at school. I could’ve required them to bring books every day, but that seemed unnecessary, especially since so many students don’t utilize their lockers and would end up carrying 30+ pounds of textbooks around with them all day.

    After battling with that the past few years, I recently decided to use a class set. There are extras, so students who were absent, or wanted supplemental material around a test or quiz can check them out and take them home. There is also online access to the text, so students with computer access can use the online book as needed. I’ve tailored my curriculum and teaching so students can utilize the book in the classroom, and they won’t need it at home. Finally, because of the wonders of technology, students have tons of additional resources on the internet. They can find videos, pictures, articles, and sometimes even taped lessons of teachers teaching similar things to what they’re learning all at the click of a mouse. I would encourage any student looking for supplemental material to start there (but to of course be weary of the sources)! This method seems to be working so far.

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