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We Need Student Voices

Could each of us on the Co-op commit to finding a student voice to add to our group? I was sitting round a campfire last night with some kids who were complaining about not getting to talk about substantive issues in school, and I kept asking them when they were going to make a difference and do something rather than complain.  One asked me if she began blogging would I help her get a readership and read it ahead of time to keep her from “making a fool of herself.” Of course I said yes, but I know my reading ahead of time isn’t necessary–she’s an amazing thinker!

What if we tried to find students who would share their ideas of the purpose of school and have a series of posts?  Anyone interested?


About Paula White

grandma, teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), DEN STAR, Google Certified Teacher, camper, Gifted Resource Tchr, NETS*T certified, lover of learning


5 thoughts on “We Need Student Voices

  1. YES, I commit. I will bring a student here. As you know Paula, I too think this is incredibly important, and thank you for this.


    Posted by Kirsten Olson | July 10, 2011, 10:07 am
  2. I’m in, and I’ll raise you an Albemarle County Student Union. Of elementary- and middle-schoolers.

    My thanks to you & those kids,

    Posted by Chad Sansing | July 10, 2011, 3:14 pm
  3. Awesome! We have been chatting about this on the college FB page. Thanks for the invite, I will let the student network know.

    Posted by Char Psi Tutor Mentor | July 10, 2011, 7:29 pm
  4. Hi Paula,
    This is a great idea. I would love to participate but I couldn’t get this going till mid-August at the latest though early September is a more realistic deadline. I already have some very articulate former grade 6 students in mind. I’m also wondering if we could include any of the students that participated in the SOS webinar the other night? I didn’t get to listen but I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to contact them. What kind of deadline are you looking at?

    Posted by Elisa Waingort | July 11, 2011, 9:13 am
  5. Paula, if you know any students who’d like to write about math, I’d love to talk with them. (I have a blog, and I’m working on a book to which I’d like to add a few more young voices.)

    Posted by Sue VanHattum | July 11, 2011, 7:30 pm

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