student voices

One of my goals this year is to provide writing experiences that encourage young people to identify as writers and thinkers. My own school writing experiences (many of which were unmemorable), my opportunities to write in non-traditional ways (thank you Mr. Gross and Susan Lytle,) and knowledge I gained from my spouse via her time working with Pat Hoy in the Expository Writing Program at NYU, all...
A former student of mine, now in education herself, posed this question on Facebook: "Teacher friends, tomorrow is the day before a vacation [Thanksgiving]. How are you addressing the [Ferguson] grand jury announcement." Still from Carlos' upcoming video My response is longer than seemed appropriate for a Facebook comment box, so here goes...First of all, I'll reframe the question: how have I...
Last week on TTT, a group of us got together to talk about intergenerational MOOC participation and what might happen if there were a cMOOC focused on the idea of Genius Hour. Here's the video:       Toward the end of the session, Peggy George asked "What's your 'purpose' for offering it and what would be the kids' purpose in wanting to be part of it?"   Great questions so I'm answering them...
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY MS “TECHNOMANCERS” AT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT "Technomancer" is a term a number of my students adopted during their 6th grade year that combines "technology" and "necromancer" and reflects their comfort with and ability to manipulate technology and apply it in new, transformative ways in education. It is a fitting term for the new student technology group that was assembled in...
We need your help to offer a free Youth Voices Summer Program that will make it possible for youth to find and explore their passions in the supported, connected, academic environment of Lehman College, CUNY.   Summer!  Some of us look forward to tending our gardens. Others to reading that novel we've had in mind for months. Or, maybe summer is the time to travel, start a new exercise routine,...
This collection pulls together the research by Josyln Young. Young "wanted to figure out more about what teaching, learning, and pedagogy look like beyond the classroom" and studied young producers at the Philadelphia Student Union and Chester Voices for Change and how they learn and master skills in media production.
This blog post originally appeared on Teaching Channel as part of a publishing partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality. In late February, Pew Internet and American Life Project published the How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and Their Classrooms report. The results aren’t surprising: 92% of teacher respondents say the Internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access...
This week has been crazy to say the least.  On the other hand, it has been phenomenal! Tuesday, my 2nd hour seventh grade class began an adventure I felt was worth taking.  For quite some time a writing project colleague and myself had discussed having our classes collaborate with each other using Google Hangout.  If you do not have prior knowledge of Google Hangout, it is just that, an online...
Blogging is not an easy endeavor. With student choice comes the challenge of student focus.  There are days that the kids will actually ask me, "Mrs. Ilko, can't we just do a worksheet?" which is code for, " I'm frustrated, this is too hard." And so I push them, prod them, beg, and sometimes literally and figuratively stand on their heads to get something to the page.  Not every blogpost sings...
Blogging is not an easy endeavor. With student choice comes the challenge of student focus.  There are days that the kids will actually ask me, "Mrs. Ilko, can't we just do a worksheet?" which is code for, " I'm frustrated, this is too hard." And so I push them, prod them, beg, and sometimes literally and figuratively stand on their heads to get something to the page.  Not every blogpost sings...

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