student voice

A Helpful Principal’s Tips for Lawnmower Parents – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog My husband John posted a piece of short fiction to my Facebook timeline with the comment, “This weird, sweet story has Rita Platt’s name written all over it … “ The super short Lizard-Baby by Benjamin Schaefer provoked deep thoughts in me. It is about being a parent. It is not a spoiler to share that the main character gives birth to an egg from which hatches a lizard. That little lizard is showered with unconditional love…

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Eight Reasons Why Students Should Share Their Work – Education Article

This is part three of a four-part series about how student engagement increases when students share their learning. Around the country, teachers have committed to sharing their students’ learning. Through student-led conferences, exhibitions, and presentations of learning, teachers recognize the value of making learning public. In our first two posts in this series, we learned how an elementary school teacher and an organization are working to make student learning public. We recently put out an open call to teachers to learn how…

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The Messy, Beautiful Writing Process – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I love writing. I love searching for the right combination of words that not only make my point, but show my passion behind that point. I love when an idea pops into my head out of nowhere and I have to write it, even if the publish button never gets hit. I love the challenge of sitting in front of a blank screen with no idea in my head. I love when something just clicks and the keys start getting…

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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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You Don’t Have To Like It (Students Watch and Talk About Us, Anyways) – Education Article

A few times a month, I’ll be on the whiteboard, jotting down examples for my lesson with my back turned to my students. The students find ways to distract themselves (while believing they have nothing to copy down along with me, but that’s another story). I let them rock until I’m turned back around and then they know it’s go time. Today, however, I took the opportunity to listen in when one student said: “School sucks.” I didn’t stop them.…

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