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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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  • 4 Ways Students Can Take an Active Role in Their IEP Meetings

    Students are the primary stakeholder in their individualized education program, and they can play a role in annual meetings from an early age.
    Kathryn Nieves
  • Opportunities for Student Decision-Making

    When high school students have a say in what happens in the classroom, they become more invested in their work.
  • 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.
  • The ‘Beautiful Struggle’ of Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Middle school teacher Lorena Germán discusses the need for open, honest classroom discussions about the country’s history.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels

    When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
  • The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
  • 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.

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