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Student Voice

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

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  • Fostering Identity, Joy, and Skill Development

    How a teacher used a mini-unit featuring poetry, music, and art to help her third-grade students learn more about themselves and each other.
    Kathy Collier
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  • Creating a Classroom That Is Student, not Teacher, Driven

    Teachers can take a step back and create lessons that put student explorations at the center of learning.
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  • 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.
    682
  • Promoting Student-Led Learning in Elementary School

    Giving students chances to make classroom decisions and manage discussions guides them to take agency in their learning.
    832
  • 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.
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  • Thinking Critically About Goal Setting

    A five-step process can help teachers and administrators collaborate effectively with students on setting and achieving goals.
    316
  • 4 Simple Steps to Providing Free-Choice Learning

    Teachers can put students in control of how they absorb information by giving them multiple options to achieve learning goals.
    290
  • A 4 Step Approach to Planning Collaborative Experiential Learning

    Teachers can guide high school students to be active participants in their learning by having them work together on authentic tasks.
    244
  • 5 Research-Backed Tips to Improve Your Online Teaching Presence

    As the physical distance increases between you and your students, so can the psychological and emotional space. Here are some tips that can help.
    5.4k
  • Morning Meetings: Building Community in the Classroom

    Starting the day with this 15-minute activity helps students regulate their emotions and focus on the day’s learning.
    17.6k
  • The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
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  • 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.
    3.4k
  • The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels

    When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
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  • 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.
    5.5k
  • 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.
    4.4k

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