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Great post! I do agree that

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Great post! I do agree that the best concept to empower students is the "power of us." http://blog.lightspeedsystems.com/joel/2012/02/24/the-technology-tools-a...

5th , 6th and 7th grade teacher

I think you cannot teach out

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I think you cannot teach out of the blue.Therefore , their should always be a real life situation (eveything that can motivate from realia , contextualization ,body laguage and so )in our everyday teaching .It is a sure fire way to get students involved in the learning process.If we accept sometimes to level down ourselves to our students, they feel confident and trust us in what we are trying to get across as message to them.So let us wake this child lying dormant in us for the benefit of our students everywhere around the world.

Volunteer Librarian for amilto Grange NYPL

The Story Book

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Hello,

The story book is still the most powerful conceptual tool I use for reinforcing perceptions and perspectives in my classwork on development. I teach that the inferences and implications that we derive from learning by constructing themes are relevant to our findings based on research. I also teach that ELA is more complete then understanding a conceptual style or mood. The artistic genius or pleasure that forms our inclusion of self affirmations begins in the ELA class, as we begin to place our lives in perspective with the world we live in, and are familiar with, in reference to cultural diversity, heritage, and within our environment.

Math 7 Norfolk VA

technology #4

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I love the ideas of offering students timely opportunities to provide feedback, creating an atmosphere where students are an active part of the decsion making model, collaboration, and meaningful activities but technology integration peeked my interest and the #pencilchat link. I am a proponent of integrating personal technology in the classroom, but am concerned with maintaining both equality and equity. To engage the pencil analogy, when adding new technology (pencils or cell phones) there is a critical mass that needs to be acheived in order for the new technology to be effective. One or two pencils in a classroom is just not enough; are cell phones, itouches, laptops any different? I provide maybe 10 pencils to student on a non-testing day and countless times that number when a #2 pencil vs any writting instrument is required. I can't count on my students to bring even the most basic technology for themselves and even with return procedures in place many of them leave the classroom or are broken (intentionally or not) before they are returned. Maybe students would be more self motivated to bring their own technology (there are some great ideas in Lisa Nielsn and Willyn Webbs book "Teaching Generation Text" IBSN978-1-118-07687(pbk)), but I am leary. I worry about off task behavior and how to monitor it as well as issues of haves and have nots. This Friday I plan to give a brief technology inventory to all my 7th graders in an effort to get feedback, buy-in and collaboration regarding how we can implement some of the ideas in "Teaching Generation Text". Wish me luck! :)

Student, Teacher (language arts, via video conferencing), Author, Speaker

Elementary Empowerment

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Love this perspective! Thank you so much for commenting and adding your experience. When I wrote this piece, I was thinking more of my peers and my high school experience, but I love the fact that you've applied these tips to your classroom. Definitely if students feel that they are being empowered early on it can build appreciation and love for learning. Another thing I might add was that when I was a little younger I really loved group games where we (the students) felt powerful--for instance, when we were learning about post-Revolutionary War history and we got to organize on two teams, Federalist and Antifederalist, and argue back and forth about the pros and cons of both parties just like the Founding Fathers might have :) Anything that gives students power, that makes an abstract concept "come alive," or that relates learning to real-world application (as you did with the measurement and business letter activities), is always excellent. Thanks for your input!

Graduate Student, Norfolk, Virginia

Life Long Learners

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I am currently working towards receiving my Masters in Education. I have not begun teaching in the classroom, but when that time arrives I will definitely use these strategies to empower my students. Students need to be empowered to manage more of their own learning. They need to be self- directed. I believe this will encourage them to be life long learners. There definitely needs to be a shift of control from the teacher managing learning (creating dependent learners by the way) to a culture of students being inter-dependent while they are globally connected and contributing content, tutorials, to the whole classroom. P.S. #1 is my favorite! : )

Eight grade Spanish & ESL teacher

Real world connections

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After teaching the grammar, I design a real setting in my classroom, for instance when we study the Verbs: like and want with food vocabulary, I set a restaurant in my classroom, I put table cloth on the desks, I make a color menu, students role play costumers and waiters, they create a conversation with the target topic. Last activity I did was the TV show "who wants to be millonaire" the students really enjoyed this activity.

teacher/student/parent

Great Ideas

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I think these are great ideas to give students a voice in the classroom. If students feel they are valued and are important, it may show through their schoolwork and attitudes towards other students. Relating whatever we are teaching to the real world makes the idea stick. Students are more likely to hold knowledge longer if they see how it relates to them and their lives.

Learning means Power

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Recently I have started to include activities in my math class that deal with math in the real world. For example my 7th graders are working on mean. median, mode so for there activity on Monday they had to find mean, median, mode of the past super bowl scores. They really enjoyed the activity and didn't realize they were working and learning! :)

Special Education Teacher

Empowering our Students

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Empowering students is so important. I am a big believer in students feeling empowered and playing a part in their learning. Number 5 is awesome! I really believe that making connections for the student is so important. Students want to know how does this relate to me? When children can make connections, and make this real life students tend to become more engaged.

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