How can we empower students and celebrate accomplishments?
PUBLISH STUDENT WORK
The video above discusses how one teacher used a social networking site to publish student work. This could be done with numerous technological resources. Some are listed below.
When students have an audience, they will perform. The context of that performance is up to us as facilitators. Publishing and providing students with an interested audience to discuss their learning and their achievement is an incredibly powerful motivator. Check out this article from Edutopia on Publishing Student Work - and Your Own!
How to Celebrate Student Work with the Community
1. Make contact with local radio, newspaper, and television stations. Work together to form these contacts and develop these relationships, so the school has a go-to list.
2. Send emails of the awesome things going on in your classroom to Jason Sakran from Strategy and Communications at CCSD. He is encouraging teachers, administrators, and parents to advertise their schools through positive publicity. Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Get students out! Participate in Charleston festivals and events around town to brag about the school and the awesome things going on.
4. Apply for various contests related to your discipline. There are numerous art, science, writing, etc contests both locally, nationally, and globally. This is an awesome way of building up your students. Sometimes, they can even earn scholarship money!
5. Host a Ted Talk to showcase learning. Students prepare a presentation of their learning in the class, either in project-based or challenge-based learning, sharing an experience, etc. Invite administrators, other teachers and students, community members, and parents.
6. Encourage students to write and submit editorials to the newspaper related to their projects, school or community issues, or other issues of inspiration.
How to Publish and Celebrate Students Online
1. Create a class Bragging Rights Padlet and advertise it to the school and community. This is a website that allows you to build a public wall, where visitors can comment and post pictures, movies, music, and files.
2. Use a Wiki or a Blog. Here are two great sites: Edublogs or Wikispaces. A blog or wikispace allows students to upload and comment. They can keep a journal of their learning or post final products.
3. Do shout-out emails or send out an electronic newsletter. Celebrate student work by sending positive news emails to students, teachers, administrators, and community members.
4. Post on Twitter! #ccsdrtt #ccsdsig2 or let's create our own!
5. Publish it online!