Archive for Student Agency and Voice

In Memory of Anna Dewdney

In Memory of Anna Dewdney

My house is mourning a favorite children’s author – Anna Dewdney.  Her Llama Llama books are some of our favorites in our library and when we got word of her passing, we were all very sad.  Her obituary ended with, “She requested that in lieu of…

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Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

[Want to be the Seed-to-Table Manager here? Read the job description and then email the superintendent.] Shovels busy at work, three young children dig and cut through the earth, turning over the rich black soil underneath. They have a long planting row to create, but…

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Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Intro to Engineering at WCHS

Last week I stopped in to visit Ben Jass’s Intro to Engineering class at Webster City High School. If you’ve ever wondered what I want a model classroom to look like, this was it. His students were working independently (of each other and the teacher)…

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Working Together ~ Achieving Success

Working Together ~ Achieving Success

The Laurens-Marathon School District has always been proud of “Working Together to Achieve Success” and Friday’s first elementary MakerDay was a wonderful example of their building motto.  After months of planning, preparing, compiling community donations of supplies and organizing helpers & volunteers, the day went off…

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HANGER Management

HANGER Management

Because sometimes you just have to share awesome stories about awesome students… I was visiting my mom at work just before Christmas (she’s an elementary principal at Belmond-Klemme), and as I was getting ready to go, some high school students walked in to haul boxes…

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Newell-Fonda High School’s WE Term Anti-Bullying Teaser Video

Newell-Fonda High School’s WE Term Anti-Bullying Teaser Video

Students from Newell-Fonda High School are creating a video about bullying in their WE Term Class. This is their teaser video, where they describe what WE Term is and why they are creating this video project. Nice work! Love the subtitles!  

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Double A (Not the Battery)

Double A (Not the Battery)

We know that Christmas is the battery season (late on Christmas Eve night: “Honey, I swear we had more AAs!”) but I’d like to share another AA Christmas adventure (non-battery related) – student Authenticity and Agency.  Here is a recent personal experience that has proved to…

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On the Subject of Mattering…A Few Things to Consider

On the Subject of Mattering…A Few Things to Consider

Tuesday, January 5 I was fortunate to hear Angela Maiers address Prairie Lakes AEA administrators in Storm Lake. Her message of mattering has always resonated with me. Her passion for empowering student voice has always inspired me. Why do we do what we do? Why…

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I Wish My Teacher Knew . . . A Promise to Students

I Wish My Teacher Knew . . . A Promise to Students

As we think about the new year, we typically think of new beginnings or resolutions that we promise to start doing. Reading an article written by Bettendorf HS students, Karly Lent and Selena Johnson, titled I wish my teacher knew . . . in the December…

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First National #StuCamp, Guest Post: Dane Barner

First National #StuCamp, Guest Post: Dane Barner

What an awesome opportunity for students to connect and collaborate with the support of educators who value voice, who encourage and who inspire! Thank you, Dane Barner, for sharing the information below:  Student Voice: Our country’s richest untapped natural resource. We hold the fundamental belief…

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International Dot Day! September 15thISH!

International Dot Day! September 15thISH!

Celebrating the mark we all make and celebrating “creativity, courage, and collaboration” is the heart of Dot Day. There are numerous resources for taking part, including ideas on the official website. This is not about a one day, one time, gone in 60 seconds event,…

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Forbes, How we do business, #1st5days

Forbes, How we do business, #1st5days

After reading about the Most Innovative Companies in Europe, I wondered how the companies’ ideology and mission supported their success. Curious, I visited the website for innovative companies #1 and #10 mentioned in Forbes. #1  ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital…

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When will the bucket tip?

When will the bucket tip?

At our local pool they recently put in a new play area. There’s a large bucket with a stream of water pouring into it, and every 15 minutes or so it reaches the tipping point, where it will flip and drench all the screaming, playing…

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TICL

TICL

Last week, I was fortunate to attend and present at TICL in Storm Lake, Iowa. The collaborative efforts of Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes AEA converge to create a three day conference on Buena Vista University’s beautiful campus. I appreciated the enthusiasm of keynote Tony…

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When I Designed Units…

When I Designed Units…

The list of my considerations is in no particular order… 1. What standards do I need to address? Concepts? -The answer to this helped me focus and be intentional and #4, #5. 2. What do my students care about? -The answer to this helped create…

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Living Your Legacy – Ella Mozzarella

Living Your Legacy – Ella Mozzarella

This spring I started a new video series, to be published quarterly, highlighting the amazing things that students across the globe are doing. For my summer video I had the opportunity to do an interview with the most amazing little girl from New Jersey, and I’m…

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Guest Blog: Susan Oehlertz, PAC MAKER DAYS, Full Steam Ahead

Guest Blog: Susan Oehlertz, PAC MAKER DAYS, Full Steam Ahead

The magic and power behind PAC’s Maker Days, read about it HERE. 

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The roars of approval as we revert back to what we’ve always done

The roars of approval as we revert back to what we’ve always done

George Couros said: Sometimes when the statement is made, “it is not about technology, it is about pedagogy”, you then hear the roars of approval, and off we go on our merry way with nothing changing for many students. In reality sometimes it is about…

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Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Living Your Legacy: Author Courtney E.

Last week I wrote a post on my own blog about what it means to live your legacy. After publishing the initial post, I decided to go out and find students who are doing just that. So for my first interview, I’d love for you…

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VOXER for capturing the learning process

VOXER for capturing the learning process

If we’ve chatted recently, you probably know that I’m pretty much obsessed with Voxer. In fact, I even find myself getting annoyed with people that I have to send text messages to, because I’d much rather just Vox them. If you are unfamiliar with Voxer,…

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