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The Power of the Student Voice Published by: mcSquares Students are our Customers. Just like a company has to hear from its consumers, so do teachers. Far too often, many of our students feel discouraged to share their thoughts in the classroom. As educators, there are a variety of techniques to change underlying feelings of doubt that often come with student participation in a classroom setting. It is critical to create a sense of community and a safe space for engagement in your classroom, and thankfully there are a variety of techniques to make this happen. In this post, we...

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Planning your visit to the Media Center Published by mcSquares Over the past few years we’ve seen school libraries transform from rows of books into maker hubs built from technology. No wonder most schools now call them media centers. Class excursions to the media center are a great way to get students working independent of their teacher while also building valuable skills like research techniques and critical thinking. However, valuable media center time can be squandered if not properly planned out. At mcSquares, we love our media center and maker space customers. This is why we’ve asked some of our...

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Get Student Centered When it Comes to Teaching Categories, Processes, and Diagrams   Published by mcSquares For tactile learners, there are an incredible amount of opportunities for mastering subjects. Concepts involving categorization, processes, and diagrams are just a few different ways tactile learners can use their strengths to learn. The thing is, teachers can completely waste this opportunity by delivering dry lectures using pencil and paper or textbooks with one dimensional texts and pictures. True, we all know the dangers of sage on the stage, but educators can easily overlook objectives ripe for student centered learning by overlooking keywords that...

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Twitter #EdChats are Fun for Educators, but Mostly Useless   Published by mcSquares I'm sure this post will stir up a lot of emotions. I have noticed that every educator on Twitter will tell you they have established a new connection, learned a ground breaking practice, or discovered a captivating idea from the social media platform. I am arguing, however, that while Twitter may be a great tool for an educator to use when time is not a factor, educators on Twitter generate more hype than it deserves. True, Twitter is one method for educators to connect... but the question...

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Using Learning Modalities to Drive Student Collaboration Published by mcSquares We all know the student- the one who is reserved, doesn’t like to share, or be the center of attention. As educators, we've all had our fair share of students who will do whatever it takes not to be called on. When they are, we often don’t get a sense of what they truly know about the topic of discussion while increasing a distaste for participating. However, there are tools we have at our disposal to foster participation and engage even the most silent of students. How to Gauge Understanding...

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