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Did Your Students Find the Answers Online?

Did your students find the answers to Where in the World Is Mrs. Waffenschmidt online? That's just what teacher Deb Canton's sixth-grade students did!

Education World is a site for teachers, not students. But Deb's students, like many others, can make their way around the Internet. One of her students found Mrs. Waffenschmidt's home base on Ed World -- and, in finding it, found all the answers to the weekly activities. Since Education World is a free resource for teachers, we are not at this time equipped to password protect our answer keys.

So what's a teacher to do?

When Deb Canton asked that question, we put on our thinking caps. Maybe one of these ideas will work for you...


...I'm afraid the kids must be on their honor. But there are some things you might do to verify that students "do the work."

For example, you might ask them to identify two or three Internet or book resources they used, and the particular facts they found in those resources. If you use Mrs. Waffenschmidt as a weekly class activity in which students are vying for a prize, you can verify the sources used by the weekly winner(s). Having students provide their resources has the added benefit of teaching them to document sources and copy URLs carefully. Not doing it correctly and neatly could jeopardize the prize.

Or you might ask students to identify one or two facts about the week's "secret place" that Mrs. W did not share, and have them provide their source(s) for those facts. That way, your students must must pay extra careful attention to the facts that are offered by Mrs. W. Doing this activity will help build comprehension skills too.

With either of the two ideas above, it doesn't really matter if the students know the answers in advance. As a matter of fact, you could even give your students the answers as you hand out the activity. (Ah! Foiled!)

Those are just a couple suggestions. But I'm sure you, or your students, might come up with the perfect activity that will include safeguards that will satisfy you that they're "doing the work."


Article by Gary Hopkins
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