Be the change, being a teacher, new year, student choice, Student-centered, voice

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

Be the change, being a teacher, Literacy, Reading, Reading Identity

What Does Student Independent Reading Look Like? A Whole District Audit

For a long time, I felt like an oddity within my reading beliefs: provide students with independent reading time every single day, provide a fully-stocked culturally relevant collection of books, remove all of the reading projects that stood in the way of reading joy, focus on reading identity at all turns. But then I discovered… Continue reading What Does Student Independent Reading Look Like? A Whole District Audit

authentic learning, being a student, being a teacher, being me, Personalized Learning

Re-thinking Our Learning to Infuse More Joy and Choice

One of many things I love when on break is the chance to simply reconnect with amazing people, and when said amazing people are fellow educators, you can bet that it doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to how to make the educational experience better for all kids. After dinner, I was left… Continue reading Re-thinking Our Learning to Infuse More Joy and Choice