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50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice - InformED

50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice - InformED | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

What does it mean to find your voice? Having the courage to speak up? Expressing your opinions more often? Having opinions in the first place? Or is it more than that? “We each have our own fingerprint; we each have our own voice,” says Kylie Minogue, host of The Voice. A hackneyed analogy from a questionable source, perhaps, but somehow it satisfies."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 16, 6:05 PM

How do we help students find their voice, their speaking voice and their voice in writing? This post provides 50 suggestions and each has a brief explanation. Below are five. Click through to the post to see the entire list.

* Let students disagree with you.

* Inquire, think, reflect.

* Give second chances.

* Show that you don't have all the answers.

* Build respect for one's opinion.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 18, 10:25 AM

So easy to move through content rather than allow for thinking about it. A great reminder of the many ways to get it into the mix and increase student engagement. Thx to Beth Dichter

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Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School

Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Educators are increasingly focusing on the ninth grade as the year that determines whether a young person will move on or drop out of school. According to research published in the journal Education, ninth graders have the lowest grade point average, the most missed classes, the majority of failing grades, and more misbehavior referrals than any other high-school grade level. Ninth grade has increasingly become a “bottleneck” for students..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 10, 2013 5:48 PM

Research shows that 9th grade is a pivotal year for high school students. Some define it as a "make or break year for many 14- and 15-year-olds." Why?  They are entering a new school, having more autonomy and more homework, and they are an adolescents, with brains that may not be making the best decisions.
This post discusses these issues and provides suggestions as to steps that may be considered to assist them in the process.

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16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further planned instruction. Rinse and repeat.

But lost in this clinical sequence are the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. In fact, it is not in the standards or assessments, but rather these personal habits where success or failure — in academic terms — actually begin."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 3, 7:23 PM

Many of us discuss Bloom's taxonomy with students (although we may not refer to it using that terminology) but how many of us talk about Habits of Mind with our students. This post explores how we can use habits of mind to help our students providing suggestions as to how you might help your students learn them.

To see the full poster of the Habits of Mind: http://indysintriguingideas.edublogs.org/files/2010/08/16HabitsofMind1.jpg

Authentis Formations's curator insight, January 5, 2:14 AM

Pour une bonne reprise...

Kimberly House's curator insight, January 6, 12:06 AM

I echo Beth Dichter's comments. This is vocabulary we should be using with our students. Identifying habits and ways if thinking that lead to learning. 

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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

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Christine Bushong's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:12 AM

These are information literacy skills: how to find, access and use information.

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:09 AM

The Big Six taught me a lot on how we assume kids can skim and scan.  We need to take more time to show them how to search.

josé krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:07 AM

do your students know how to search, find and curate information?