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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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  • The Value of Soliciting Student Feedback

    After explicit instruction on giving feedback, students can give teachers valuable data on the effectiveness of classroom practices.
    Crystal Frommert
  • How to Engage Students the Moment They Enter the Classroom

    Openers matter and set the tone for the lesson that follows. Here’s how to start strong when you need to.
  • Hosting Student-Led Unconferences

    Planning and leading a debriefing after a unit of study gives students a chance to practice presentation skills and highlight their learning.
  • 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.
  • Honoring Student Voice and Choice With the Magazine Project 

    When students create a magazine about a topic of their choice, it encourages them to write and rewrite carefully.
  • Encouraging Teens to Develop Self-Regulation Skills

    When students understand their individual strengths, they can advocate for themselves and meet their own needs.
  • Promoting Gratitude in Your Classroom

    Expressing gratitude has a lot of benefits for students, and teachers can give them the freedom to express it in different ways to promote student choice.
  • 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.
  • 4 Strategies for Sparking Critical Thinking in Young Students

    Fostering investigative conversation in grades K–2 isn’t easy, but it can be a great vehicle to promote critical thinking.
  • 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.
  • The Benefits of Reading for Fun

    There’s a powerful academic impact, new research reveals, when students are voracious, voluntary readers.
  • A PBL Unit on Life as a Young Teen

    Project-based learning that’s student-designed and relevant to their lives can have a profound impact.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.

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