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Some Myths About Student Choice and Voice

If you ever listen to me speak, whether in a podcast, at a conference, or just over tea here in Wisconsin, chances are at some point I will mention student voice.  And then, if we continue discussing teaching, student choice will also pop up.  I can’t help it.  It is what I fervently believe in.… Continue reading Some Myths About Student Choice and Voice

being a teacher, Critical thinking, get out of the way, student driven, Student-centered

Some Thoughts on Collaboration and Student Choice

Image via Wikipedia I started out on this student-centered journey knowing  that I had to offer my students more time for true collaboration, not just teacher-chosen ones, as well as give them control in the classroom.  I started out dreaming not quite sure what it would look like, what the products would be and whether… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Collaboration and Student Choice

being a teacher, conferences, learning, new teacher, parents, students

Let Them Speak – Why Student Led Conferences are the Right Choice

I admit it; yesterday morning even I thought I was crazy.  I was getting ready to unleash my students in their first student led conferences and with no experience to fall back upon, those 24 super nervous students were freaking me out.  And then something magical happened; it worked!  The students took their parents through… Continue reading Let Them Speak – Why Student Led Conferences are the Right Choice

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Favorite Reads of Middle Schoolers According to My Students 2022

In a year again unlike any other that I have taught, I was curious to see how reading would continue to be impacted by COVID and all of the other world issues. And impacted it was; from kids who had not read a single book the previous year to kids who had fallen out of… Continue reading Favorite Reads of Middle Schoolers According to My Students 2022

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The Favorite Books of Middle Schoolers According to My Students 2021

In a year unlike any other I have taught, I was curious to see how reading would be changed for our students, and changed it was. It makes sense too, with COVID impacting so many aspects of our lives, why not our reading lives as well? From kids not reading at all, to kids with… Continue reading The Favorite Books of Middle Schoolers According to My Students 2021