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What Happens When Student Voice is Encouraged?

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We, as educators, want to nurture students who will grow into independent, confident learners, with a deeper understanding of the world around them, and the opportunities available to them as they prepare for the future. How do we do this? One way is to give them opportunities to practice making choices and decisions and to reflect on those outcomes. A place to start is listening to student voices.

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What Supports a Positive Sense of Community in the Classroom?

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Being part of a school that offers a positive, tight-knit, community can be a significant experience for all students. But the creation of a sense of community takes time, effort, and the right environment. Smaller classroom sizes help facilitate a setting for creating a positive community in the classroom.

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Why Are Questions Important in the Socratic Classroom?

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Questions are the driving force behind the learning process in the Socratic method; they guide a student to discovering information the teacher already holds. The teacher must craft questions that lead students to knowledge and realizations. Additionally, student preparation can help enhance discussions and lead to more in-depth conversations with classmates.

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What is the Learning Experience in a Student-Centered Classroom?

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Picture a student-centered classroom. Some will see students learning what they want when they want, roaming around freely, and speaking whenever they want.  In reality, student-centered or student-driven learning is carefully designed to help students with  varying abilities and interests experience success and become engaged learners.

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What Are the Benefits When Teachers Really Know Each Student?

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Relationships are an essential part of education. Students who feel like they are liked and respected by their teachers are often more invested in their educational experience and perform better. A student-centered learning environment fosters opportunities for teachers to get to know their students well.

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