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[quote]Yasher Koach. Great

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[quote]Yasher Koach. Great article. And so important for the kids to know that you see them for who they are and what they have to give.[/quote]
Diana, it's always gratifying to see a post commented on a while after it is posted. But just as you evoked a "yasher koach," which, so readers know, is a Hebrew term evoking praise and congratulations and wishes for continued strength to pursue good deeds, we do need to understand that finding kids' contributions is an ongoing task. Actually, it's not so much a task as a gift. As we bring our children's abilities into our classrooms, schools, and wider society, we will see great benefit and engagement and acceptance of diverse others.

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Yasher Koach. Great article.

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Yasher Koach. Great article. And so important for the kids to know that you see them for who they are and what they have to give.

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Useful Writing Prompt

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I have used this writing prompt to help student's reveal themselves: "Three Thing I Want You To Know About Me." The kids can be serious, silly or passionate about any topic they choose.

This is a very important

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This is a very important topic. For real teaching to happen, teachers must believe that every student can learn but differently.

I am a 5th grade teacher who

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I am a 5th grade teacher who believes all of those things are so relevant to my classroom. I sometimes find it difficult to relate to my students or even just figuring them out. These are fabulous strategies that can lead to more student centered learning experiences. After all that is what we all strive for right? To create a learning environment that are students can strive in.

Nice piece! The real value

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Nice piece! The real value in taking these steps is to connect the motivators for a successful educational experience. Students are increasingly looking for reasons why they should take interest in school when they can simply get information anywhere. If educators can align students' personal stories to classroom experiences, we may have a good start on increased engagement in the process.

Thanks for the Valuable Suggestions

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Thanks to all of the commentators on this blog. I especially want to note below Barbara's recommendation and urge readers to both follow up and follow her example by sharing the practices and resources you have found to be helpful. It's not only kids who have hidden talents-- so do educators!!

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An important topic, to be sure. For three years, WKCD has worked with students and teachers nationwide to investigate how students find these hidden passions and then get really good at them. Check out: Fires in the Mind by Kathleen Cushman and the students of What Kids Can Do (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and our Just Listen! series of 200+ short video clips in which students talk about learning--and often discovering their passion (go to www.wkcd.organd look for Just Listen! link in left column).

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An important topic, to be sure. For three years, WKCD has worked with students and teachers nationwide to investigate how students find these hidden passions and then get really good at them. Check out: Fires in the Mind by Kathleen Cushman and the students of What Kids Can Do (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and our Just Listen! series of 200+ short video clips in which students talk about learning--and often discovering their passion (go to www.wkcd.org and look for Just Listen! link in left column).

As a high school

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As a high school coach/teacher, I also have the opportunity to work with teens from various backgrounds. I do believe that most students strengths are hidden because they experience more challenges and pressure from peers, family and society. Students are challenged to fit in and stay up to date with the latest trend and technology on the market and in doing so, many times loose their own identify and strenthgs.

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As a Highlands affiliate (www.highlandsco.com) I have the privilege daily to help teens and young adults understand their natural abilities. Sometimes they remain hidden because of the demands of school, family pressures or values. When a student can better translate their personal styles, driving and specialized abilities, their satisfaction and happiness factors increase because they can choose programs and relationships that are more productive and rewarding.

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Maurice Elias Professor, Rutgers University Psychology Department and Edutopia Blogger