Tag archive for student voice

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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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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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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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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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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#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

#Notanicebucket challenge but a #stoppretending challenge!

When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that semester/trimester tests are preparing students for college exams. that students’ homework is not complete and of poor quality because students are lazy or don’t understand the concept. that the best way for students to…

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Why would students feel valued at school?

Why would students feel valued at school?

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data… Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are…

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#stucamp: What happens when you listen to your students

#stucamp: What happens when you listen to your students

Guest post by Dane Barner, @mrbarnerwcms I consider myself an EdCamp alumni. I have attended EdCamps in and outside of Iowa. I participate. I facilitate. I try not to pontificate. I love EdCamps. I was at #edcampiowa this last spring and an idea hit me…

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Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

This morning I was listening to the #satchat Voxer group messages, and one of the tools shared was Blendspace. I hadn’t heard of this one, so I decided to check it out, and here’s what I came up with! There are a lot of uses…

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Economize This!

Economize This!

It’s time to prepare for students to return to the classroom while also thinking about which new ideas you learned over the summer, you’ll try to implement this year.  It’s overwhelming, but I’m not going to be very helpful because here’s another idea. One of my favorite things to do…

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Replication or empowerment?

Replication or empowerment?

We’ve got to decide if our vision for educational technology is around replication or empowerment. And if it’s about empowerment, then guess what? We’ve got to give up the things that we do that feed replication. We can’t hang on to all of those and…

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Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Friday our team was invited to Webster City Middle School for a day of professional learning and fun (our agenda). Complete with a “playground” in the morning, focus on assistive technology, hands-on creation, and lots of STEM connections!  Left and below, teachers showcase work  Above,…

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Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect…

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Are we too scared to give students real voice?

Are we too scared to give students real voice?

Today the Iowa Department of Education (DE) tweeted the following: But if you go look at the application announcement, it turns out that the student participant on the State Board of Education is a non-voting member. So much for having a real voice… [sigh] I’m…

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Whose School Is It Anyway?

Whose School Is It Anyway?

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .? inspired me to write this post. He posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  During the fall sports season, I have been observing all of the opportunities where students could be…

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Conference Time

Conference Time

Something to Consider… I wanted my students involved in the conference conversation. I did not want to talk about them without them. I even encouraged students to attend their conference. I encouraged students to advocate for themselves. I asked students to make sure their voice…

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Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice deserves a spot on a seating chart. Student Voice should be present each day, spotless attendance, encouraged and motivated to have a permanent seat in the classroom, in the school, and in education. Student Voice should be nurtured and inspired to make positive…

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Heroes, Leaders, Innovators

Heroes, Leaders, Innovators

Image Credit: Amanda Tipton The last book I read was Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager. One quote really jumped out at me as I was reading. They said this: “One of the most endearing things about the maker movement is how…

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Let it begin with me

Let it begin with me

At the conclusion of a recent church service that I attended, my pastor wanted the parishioners to pay special attention to a banner out in the narthex before they left the church.  The pastor proceeded to tell us that the youth who attend school right next…

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Just Get Out of the Way

Just Get Out of the Way

Last night I attended an open house at my child’s high school that started out with an opening address from the high school principal and an introduction of the new teachers to the high school parents.  The next segment of the open house consisted of…

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