Student Agency

7 Essential Tips to Build a Strong School Culture – Education Article

By: Malia Burns If you walked into my high school on any given day, you’d see an array of typical scenes. Students focused in class, socializing with peers in the halls during transition periods. Teachers focused on their daily lessons, debriefing with colleagues in the halls. Leaders meeting with faculty and families. A vibrant high school community. But there’s something else at play that often goes unseen. An intangible element that you can just feel when you step foot onto…

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The ability to say no | @mcleod – Education Article

Mike Crowley had a wonderful blog post the other day about the need for self-care and giving educators permission to say ‘no’ instead of jeopardizing their professional efficacy or mental health. Vicki Davis also wrote recently about the need for educators to say no, which then frees up space for them to say yes to other things that are important to them. Both are thoughtful posts and I agree with everything they said. AND… Our students almost never get to say…

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How a Community Organization is Helping Students Find and Share Their Voice – Education Article

This is part two of a four-part series about how student engagement increases when students share their learning. We have been exploring how authentic public presentations of learning may lead to increased student engagement and why a campaign called Share Your Learning has been advocating for more teachers, schools, districts, and organizations to commit to sharing student learning. In our last feature, we learned how an elementary school teacher is using student-led conferences to empower her students. We encourage all schools and…

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Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

My first experience of Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) was spontaneous. It was the beginning of November and so I was wearing a poppy. In Hong Kong, this is not really a tradition. Attaching a paper flower to my shirt was a huge, unintentional provocation! Children of all ages asked me about it as I walked around school. At first, I answered them. I gave them a quick, shallow answer about Remembrance Day that, to be honest, they have probably already…

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