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The Elementary Perspective

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I really enjoyed reading this blog; however as I read it, I was wondering how I could relate it to my classroom. In regards to #1 I was thinking I could develop some type of checklist where students could rate my teaching. It is difficult for elementary students to articulate ideas (specially if they are asked to evaluate), but if I provide certain check off boxes, its much more manageable for them. Some ideas that came to mind were: Speech (slow, fast, just right), Pitch (low, medium, high) etc... Any suggestions?

#2 really resonated with me. In California, 4th graders are testing in writing. We are currently working on literary response and I have been drilling a certain format. Giving the students the flexibility to write a personal response to literature is an excellent idea. I will be incorporating that idea for next week's lesson plans. I will ask that they pick one of the many library books they have read and require that they write a personal response to literature. This will help me evalute if they have learned the structure and students will feel empowered by this activity.

#5 is another point which caught my attention. As I read it, I was reflecting upon the value of real-world connections and how to incorporate them with the curriculum I teach. To be quite honest, I cannot recall an instance where I have provided my students with the opportunity to apply the curriculum they have learned with real-world situations. I will revisit my standards for 4th grade to brainstorm ways in which I can make those connections. I'm thinking that for math, when we learn area, I can take them outside with a measuring tape and have them measure certain areas throughout the school. I can have them quote how much tile would be needed for a certain area. For ELD, I will be teaching students how to write a business letter. We can write to a business acknowledging their excellent service.

If you have any more ideas on how to empower elementary students please let me know!

Totally Agree.

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Ironically, I was just ruminating on these themes in my blog today. Student empowerment is essential, but our institutions and impulses toward standardization seem to push us in the opposite direction. Standing up for good learning means recognizing how personal learning really is. Thank you for the post.

special education teacher

Love this! Empowerment leads

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Love this! Empowerment leads to engagement, which leads to meaningful learning! I agree the power to choose does create a sense of ownership for ones own learning.

Decision-making power = meaning

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Yes, yes, yes! Especially on #2. In fact, I think if you give students decision-making power in curriculum, it's easier to do #4 (encourage meaningful technology). If students have a say in what they're doing, it's more likely to become meaningful.

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