How do you manage student choice and voice?

January 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM Leave a comment

I’m inspired by Betty White’s “Letting Kids Lead” blog post in Edutopia today, and with a ‘how-to’ example from a comment by Jason Kornoely from a data collecting activity with his 4th graders.

How far apart is the scaffolding so it acts as a play structure for kids to swing around and play like gibbons? Not so far that they fall, and not so close it cages them in.

Student choice and student voice are what our children most need in our current system, according to Vicky Albeles, the producer of Race to Nowhere. I agree. But the dilemma of 150 kids, 6 classes, STAR tests, 45 minute periods. How do you manage choice and voice at middle school?

I’m putting this question out there and pondering it myself. I’ll put up some ideas over the next few days, but in the mean time, I’d love to hear yours.

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Entry filed under: Class Management, Curiosity, Education Psychology, Inquiry and critical thinking, PROJECTS.

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