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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.

  • 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.
    Youki Terada
  • How to Help Middle School Students Develop Crucial Skills This Year

    Most middle schoolers have not mastered the self-regulation skills they need for distance learning, but these simple strategies can help.
  • How to Set Up an Online School Newspaper

    When this fifth-grade teacher shifted his school newspaper online, he found that students were motivated to produce high-quality work for an authentic audience—and felt more connected as a community.
  • 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.
  • Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • Building Community With Student-Driven Conversations

    Conversation groups allow students to explore vulnerability about their experiences and build trust in one another.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
  • How PBL Helps Students Engage With the World Around Them

    The book “Teaching for a Living Democracy” shows teachers how to use project-based learning to prioritize student voice and drive deep learning.
  • 6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

    Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
  • 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.
  • Bringing Student Voice Into IEP Conversations

    Asking students questions like these can help educators and parents craft effective individualized education programs.
  • Social Contracts Foster Community in the Classroom

    When students and teachers collaborate to create shared behavior expectations, the whole class is invested in the norms.
  • Developing Agency With Student-Led Conferences

    When students lead meetings with their parents and teachers, they gain a voice in their education and develop skills like goal-setting and metacognition.
  • Bringing Student Choice to Assessment in Science Classes

    What happens when students can opt to skip tests and instead give oral presentations or create art to show what they know?

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