3 things I believe about all students

Thanks, Carol, for tagging me for a meme! A thought-provoking one too! Here are the instructions for this meme:

Read Martha’s original post from the Opening Digital Doors blog.

  1. Share three things that you believe about all students.
  2. Reflect on your thoughts in your blog.
  3. Be sure to link to this post and to where you were first tagged.
  4. Tag your response with AllStudentsMeme
  5. Invite others to join the conversation by tagging them to be a part of the meme.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I want to keep a videoconferencing twist to it; but I’ve been struggling with the “all students.”

  1. So let me start with the first one. All students learn in different and unique ways. As educators, then, we should celebrate each one’s uniqueness, and find creative ways to meet the learning needs of all students. For some of them, videoconferencing catches their eye & inspires them to learn about the world.
  2. I wanted to say, All students are motivated by technology, specifically videoconferencing. But I can think of a few rural middle school students in my service area who have been incredibly freaked out by videoconferencing. “This is freaky.” “This is like big brother.” So, maybe it’s better to phrase this as, When appropriately prepared, all students enjoy a videoconference with experts or peers around the world. I love watching kids get over that initial fear or nervousness, and end with… “They’re just like us!” Next, it’s, “When is our next videoconference?”
  3. I also wanted to say, All students learn by talking. But you and I both know those who don’t learn by talking! Still, a great number of students like to talk, tell what they’ve learned, what they know, what they want to know, ask questions… Since videoconferencing is a communication tool, students can present, ask questions, tell stories, share experiences… TALK, TALK, TALK!

Here’s who I’m tagging for this meme. You’re it!

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