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Kittle, Penny; Gallagher, Kelly – Educational Leadership, 2020
Many students enter upper grades unprepared to make decisions and take charge of their work, especially with writing assignments and organizing their thinking in any written piece. With good intention, many teachers make lots of decisions for students on organization and development a piece of writing. Gallagher and Kittle share how they let…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
Ventura, Sally – Educational Leadership, 2020
Ventura describes a "happiness unit" in her ELA class in which she asks students to examine what it means to be happy and how to increase one's mindfulness and confidence through self-reflection. The unit focuses on choice, engagement, and passion, as students research various positive psychology topics and create presentations, read…
Descriptors: High School Students, Language Arts, Psychological Patterns, Metacognition
Barton, Emily; Brown, Dan; Chiu, Jennifer – Educational Leadership, 2020
Tech-enhanced projects can spark student agency and deeper learning--but new research suggests that success depends on teachers' sense of efficacy and control with the technology at hand, write Emily Barton, Dan Brown, and Jennifer Chiu.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
Feldman, Joe; Marshall, Tanji Reed – Educational Leadership, 2020
To encourage student empowerment, teachers must recognize and discuss the tension between their own instructional power and students' power and agency--especially in the fraught area of grading. To truly invest students with power in learning, educators must ask the tricky question of whether they are willing to give kids more ownership over the…
Descriptors: Grading, Student Empowerment, Teacher Student Relationship, Disclosure
Miller, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2020
Dissent is vital to the intellectual life of a classroom, just as it is to the health of a school, a school system, or a democracy, explains high school teacher Mike Miller. Rather than being silenced, healthy dissidence should be taught. Miller draws from his classroom experience to illustrate how educators can cultivate a climate that welcomes…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, High School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Democracy
Lenz, Bob; Larmer, John – Educational Leadership, 2020
The authors explain that the commonly held concept of project-based learning (PBL) as a student investigating a topic or creating something individually (a passion project) is only part of the PBL story. Projects in which students collaborate and do something to make a difference in their community are also a way to structure PBL and build agency.…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Student Centered Learning
Seider, Scott; Graves, Daren – Educational Leadership, 2020
What does the development of a young person's political agency look like, and what role can schools play in this process? The authors profile Blackstone Academy, where administrators integrate social activism, community service, and other service-learning projects into the curriculum to help students develop leadership skills and confidence. The…
Descriptors: Activism, Social Change, Service Learning, Leadership Training
Dueck, Myron – Educational Leadership, 2020
For students to feel empowered in their learning, they must understand the language, purpose, and goals of assessment. Dueck argues that students need to understand what they are supposed to be learning and determine whether they actually learned it. Clear objectives and cooperative assessments can help with these objectives.
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Student Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods
Benn, Gabriel – Educational Leadership, 2020
"The current school landscape sucks," writes educator and hip-hop artist Gabriel "Asheru" Benn. At least that would be the opinion of most teenagers when you ask them. The problem isn't that our schools aren't good or that our teachers aren't knowledgeable or even likeable. Rather, it's the "rote, transactional" ways…
Descriptors: High School Students, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Educational Attitudes
Marsh, Valerie L.; Nelms, Shaun – Educational Leadership, 2020
On the world stage, youth are using their voices to effect change. Shouldn't we also listen to them in our schools? University of Rochester's Valerie Marsh and Superintendent Shaun Nelms describe what happened when a struggling urban high school, on the brink of closure, put student voice at the center of its turnaround.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Urban Schools, High Schools, School Closing
Costa, Arthur L.; Kallick, Bena; McTighe, Jay; Zmuda, Allison – Educational Leadership, 2020
Students need specific thinking--or Habits of Mind--to engage with problems and become self-directed learners, write Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, Jay McTighe, and Allison Zmuda. A curricular approach based on enhancing students' understanding of conceptually significant, transferable ideas can help schools teach these dispositions.
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Independent Study, Transfer of Training
Levine, Peter – Educational Leadership, 2020
Many students feel empowered participating in social movements connected to key issues--and this participation can be a powerful setting for civic education. School-based civic education can complement the empowerment that come with participating in social movements--if young people gain a deeper appreciation of social movements and understanding…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Student Participation, Activism, Civics
Hamman-Ortiz, Laura – Educational Leadership, 2020
Laura Hamman-Ortiz, a language and literacy researcher, discusses Translanguaging, an emerging instructional theory that challenges traditional understandings of bilingualism view the different languages used by a student as distinct skill sets. By contrast, translanguaging reframes bilingualism as a flexible linguistic activity that is intimately…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Translation, Bilingualism, Bilingual Students
Olsen, Rebecca L. – Educational Leadership, 2020
A district English learner facilitator describes that needs of newcomer immigrant students, which are often physiological, social-emotional, and psychological in nature, and provides a planning tool to help schools better prepare to accommodate these students in their first weeks.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Planning, Student Adjustment
Garibay, Montserrat – Educational Leadership, 2020
Educators should take care to make all students, especially immigrant students, feel safe and welcomed in their schools. Garibay outlines several ways that educators can build relationships with their immigrant students and their families, including home visits, informative community talks, providing know-your-rights information, and advocating…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Student Needs, Family School Relationship, Teacher Role
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