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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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  • How Schools Are Reframing Gym Class to Be More Engaging

    A series of small shifts can make physical education more welcoming and help reluctant students warm up to the idea of getting and staying active.
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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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    When her students asked about tornadoes during a unit on weather, this teacher saw clearly how student engagement enhances learning.
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  • 5 Tips for Creating Effective Student Leadership Groups

    Prioritizing student voice and inclusion in middle school gives students an opportunity to make a difference in their school community.
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  • Boosting High School Students’ Sense of Agency and Motivation

    Providing students with greater voice and choice in the classroom can build their desire to learn and do well academically.
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  • How to Set Up a Learner-Centered Classroom

    From composing a class charter to practicing morning meetings, these student-centered strategies create a nurturing environment where learners can thrive.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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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.
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  • How to Create Classroom Agreements Using Poetry

    Teachers can use students’ input and artistic expression to generate class norms that support a positive, respectful learning environment.
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  • Making Space for Students in PLCs

    Professional learning communities can be very effective when they include feedback from students on their experiences in school.
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    Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

    Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.
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