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50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice - InformED

50 Ways to Help Your Students Find Their Voice - InformED | Special Science Classroom | 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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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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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 17, 2014 2:05 AM

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.

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Let the Students Set the Rules

Let the Students Set the Rules | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Is this a crazy idea? I have found it very effective. I usually spend a substantial amount of time the first class creating rules with the class. It starts the students thinking , bonding, and taki...

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Nit just the why, but the HOW. Thx Beth

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:53 AM

What happens when you ask the students to help set the rules for the year? More buy-in, ownership, asking students to think the first day, bonding of the class, responsibility...I am sure you will come up with more. Are you concerned about asking your students to do this? This infographic will provide many suggestions (a total of 27) that will walk you through the process, beginning with "The Why" and then moving to "The How."

Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:53 PM

Mia's infographics are amazing resources. This classroom management tool is especially useful for those new to student voice. Here you find a flow-chart of steps to make the rule setting process efficient and the outcome a set of classroom expectations created and owned by the kids.

KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 16, 2013 8:36 AM

I have found that students will reinforce the rules with each other when they have actively participated in creating them. Just have to make sure that they do it respectfully. This is a win-win for everyone.