A study group for teachers using YouthVoices.net with their students.
Youth Voices is a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. Students are invited to join Play Youth Voices to learn more about being a power user of the site. Teachers will also find tasks to support them in their use of the site.
posted message: My students and I began our trimester of March 18. Our theme is around justice, and the Letters to the Next Mayor of New York City project is the perfect segue into reading the memoirs "They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky" and "Desert Flower", as they will begin with the issue of justice domestically and look at injustice internationally.
I asked my students to research the mayoral candidates, take notes, create campaign posters, and choose one candidate to whom they would write about an injustice in New York City that they would want the candidate to address. I hope that they will finish their letters by Monday, April 8 so that they can post them in Youth Voices!
posted message: I need a bit of feedback, and on so many different levels. I need to know from Youth Voices teachers what this is beginning to feel like. Does this group of 5 competencies, this set of leveled badges, and the whole matrix begin to clarify expectations and open up possibilities or... (well you can fill in the rest of this sentence). It is still a work-in-progress. I struggle to know when to invite you in -- because I need your comments -- and when it's too incomplete to make sense. The first three badges under ELA are linked as examples.