Creating Positive School Culture – How Do You Do It?
I am so inspired when students create solutions and I’m curious how teachers are engaging students in this critical conversation.
- How are students creating positive school culture in your classroom and school?
- Why is student voice so important?
- How can we help empower students?
I have always loved sharing student examples like @westhighbros, #SandersTHS and #YouthCC. Currently, my new favorite student creation is “Rethink” created by Trisha Prabhu. Her 2014 Google Science Fair project was created to combat cyberbullying. All these examples illustrate that one person can create a positive change.
Last spring my undergraduates created an iConstitution for students, by students. We would love to have more students add their voice and story to this project. More students actively doing kindness and empathy will directly influence how we treat each other both on and offline.
As we prepare for the 2014-2015 school year, here are a few of my favorite resources:
- The new and approved digital citizenship survival kit created by Craig Badura
- Erase Meanness created by Eric Johnson
- The Empathy Toy created by Twenty One Toys
- Spark Kindness created by SPARK Kindness
- CritterKin created by Jena Ball and Marty Keltz
Please share your ideas, lesson plans, resources – we want to encourage more student voice in creating a culture of kindness and empathy. Please join me and the #digcit chat team every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm EST. Our next chat is Wednesday, 9/10/14 with Eric Johnson joining us as a guest moderator. The chat is open to everyone – including students, educators, parents and community members.