When they say, “Let’s give students a voice,” they mean, “let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.”
That’s not what they need. They need a lot more. We need to give them a pen and a microphone and a hammer and a shovel and a chalkboard. We need to give them a classroom and an audience and blank sheet that says “curriculum” at the top. We need to give them a budget and a building.
That was the question, followed by, “Are they students who want to take over the classroom?” “No,” I replied, “it’s about how students approach learning—motivated, confident, and ready to tackle the task.”
I’ve come to realize that “maker leaders” emerge from all demographics. They can be introverts, extroverts or ambiverts. They bring different experiences, capabilities, talents and habits with them. They are successful not because of what they know, but because of what they make.
Students don’t like cumulative exams—that almost goes without saying. They prefer unit exams that include only material covered since the previous exam. And they’d like it even better if the final wasn’t a comprehensive exam but rather one last unit test. But students don’t always prefer what research shows promotes learning and long-term retention, and that is the case with this study of the effects of cumulative exams in an introductory psychology course.
Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.
If you’re an early career educator and my story resonates with you, know you’re not alone. Teaching has a steep learning curve and requires years to master. Many early career teachers find they continue to struggle with the basics even into their second year and as a result many decide to leave the profession entirely. We’ve reached the point nationally where 40 and 50 percent of early career teachers quit teaching within their first five years. This is a universal fact regardless of where they teach or whether or not they come through a traditional or alternative certification program and therefore an important issue that must be addressed.
A backchannel is a conversation that takes place alongside an activity or event. In most cases, this happens using a digital or mobile device. There are many different ways you can backchannel. You could use Twitter, Today’s Meet, or Google Moderator just to name a few. Having a backchannel is a great way to open up a conversation to all students in class and expand on any discussion.