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Discover how students' input and expertise can help shape their classroom, their school, and ultimately their own learning and growth.

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  • High school students raising hands in class

    Maximizing Student Voice to Achieve Equity in Classroom Participation

    With some guidance, all students—whether outgoing or reserved—can effectively take part in class discussions.
    Mary Davenport
    682
  • Teacher working with high school students

    Teaching Kids to Give and Receive Quality Peer Feedback

    Building a classroom culture of feedback requires scaffolding and a safe, nurturing environment, but it’s worth the effort, teachers say.
    2.1k
  • How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    How Student-Led Conferences Center the Learning Journey

    When students lead the conversation in their parent-teacher conferences, they take ownership of their learning and growth.
    2.8k
  • Illustration of hand reaching for puzzle pieces

    The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels

    When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
    1.8k
  • High school students enter classroom in the morning

    How to Use Microtracking to Promote Student Autonomy

    Guiding students to create lists of learning objectives and what they need to do to meet those goals on time can boost their independence.
    260
  • Building Student Agency by Collaborating on Learning Standards

    When students have a say in choosing driving and supporting standards for project-based learning units, they get invested in the outcomes.
    488
  • Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year

    After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next.
    3.6k
  • Photo of 4-year old and Twiggle the Turtle hand puppet

    No Strings Attached: Supporting Social and Emotional Learning With Puppets

    Puppets help early childhood teachers encourage deeper relationships and bolster their learners’ confidence and communication skills.
    414
  • Middle school students work together in a group.

    After-School Clubs Encourage Problem-Solving by Letting Students Lead

    Using their interests as a guide, elementary students can simultaneously acquire knowledge and serve the school community.
    397
  • Getting Students on the Road to Self-Advocacy

    With some simple supports, students in grades 3 to 8 can take the wheel and assume some responsibility for their learning journey.
    377
  • An illustration concept of children interacting with technology

    Reading the Virtual Classroom Is Hard, but It Can Be Done

    Many teachers find it difficult to gauge how well students understand a lesson in an online classroom. A technique common among award-winning online instructors should help.
    10.7k
  • Sketchnote collage

    How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
    5.1k
  • A teenage girl reads in a park

    The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
    4.5k
  • Illustration concept for community voices

    Using Community Agreements to Start the Year Strong

    Teachers and students can get off to a good start by determining their values and setting expectations for each other as a group.
    1k
  • Teacher talks to high school student at his classroom door

    5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better

    When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning.
    4.3k

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