Category: Voice

Review of Ron Berger’s Beautiful Work

Guest Author: Tracy Williams – Follow her on Twitter: @trawill14 She’s an elementary teacher who has a passion for developing student writers, and empowering their voice through quality feedback. She has developed a related resource to help other teachers in their thinking to support their students: Feedback Screencast. Here is what she has to say, inspired …

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The EdCamp Experience: Where Voice and Choice Matter

Guest Blogger: Cathy Hill Lake Travis Independent School District “We want to do something that is cross-curricular that all the 5th grade teachers [on this campus] can participate in. We want to try something new where students truly have a voice in how they learn.” Kathy Austrian, 5th grade teacher at Serene Hills Elementary in …

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Ways to Empower Student Voices–Now!

Student Voice is key to student learning. Think about what motivates you more to learn something. Likely it’s where you have a say in what is being explored and/or how the practices and products will take shape. Our learners are no different. Here are resources of guides and strategies to empower student voices. It begins …

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Collaboration: Ideas from Many Voices, Part 1

Collaboration is an important global competency that students need to learn and refine. By the time they enter any post-secondary experience, students with over 10-12 years of honing this skill will be well prepared to forge ahead with new learning and career paths. They will seek out mentors and build strong networks of people with …

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40+ E-Portfolio Resources

40+ ePortfolio Resources e-Portfolios empower students to be reflective about their learning. Sifting through their work, they find artifacts that best represents their deep understanding academically, personally, and professionally. There are different uses for e-Portfolios: Demonstrate learning targets from a unit. Reflectively monitor their academic growth in a course or regarding skill-sets. Archive quality experiences …

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Constructivist Learning in Common Core/State Standards Environments

This post is a companion to a Presentation (handout)  at MACUL 2014 by @jmccarthyeds. You can find dialog from that session on Twitter at #OPATHS or go to tagboard.com/opaths/ How can we support constructivist learning in Common Core Environments? Last year at Ardis New Tech, they did an event called Innovation Days. It was inspired by the …

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Student Voice & Minecraft PBL

Last week during the snow days, or rather the Freeze days of -30+ degree weather, my son spent those two days writing and revising a proposal, sharing its content with his peers, and analyzing work by others for critical logic flaws and idea development. The weekend prior he spent researching several ideas, and then pitched …

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Minecraft for Learning, pt. 2

Minecraft for Learning, Part 2: (Follow me on twitter at @jmccarthyeds to stay up to date on following posts.)  In the last post, I mentioned that minecraft is a way to include student voice into their learning. Students can help teachers make the connections by describing how they spend hours doing any of a variety of tasks. …

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Minecraft for Learning, pt. 1

Updated: August 2, 2016 Earlier this year, I was asked how Minecraft can be used in education. At the time, I’d done some digging in just that topic because my kids were deep into the game, both solo and through home networking. Recently, I’ve been asked to share more. So in the next several posts …

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Nurturing Student Voices

Voice is a powerful tool that cannot be silenced. During the Arab Spring of 20012 this was demonstrated in the way that Twitter was used to communicate among the protesters and with the world media. And as with other social media, it continues to have an impact. Wherever there is a place where voice and …

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