Are you interested in expanding your comfort zone, building relationships with your students, and boosting the culture of your classroom in the new school year? Read on!

While attending EdCampFlipgrid, StuVoiceCon18, and FlipgridLive in the marvelous city of Minneapolis this summer, I raptly listened to dozens of amazing educational leaders and pioneers delivering thought-provoking statements, providing new perspectives, and offering game-changing takeaway tools and strategies for immediate implementation.

Whether in the intimate session circles of EdCampFlipgrid, in the StuVoiceCon18 audience at the University of Minnesota- McNamara Alumni Center, or in the energy-filled room of Flipgrid Live at Aria Event Center, the central theme being celebrated was the reach and power of student voice.

Check out these five key ingredients to support you in making sure you and your students get what’s needed to thrive as we start back to school.

1. Honor and amplify your student’s voices.

They may just change the world … if you give them the opportunity.

These 5 key ingredients will help you and your students thrive as we start back to school #k12 #edtech

#StuVoiceCon18 morning keynote, Matt Miller, issued the reminder that each of us has a chance to change the world if we simply find, use, and let our voices and ideas be heard. As he said, “Your voice is your soul, your essence, your inner being” and the recipe to finding that includes providing “choice, action, and skill.” Let’s do that.

How? Start a classroom Twitter account and have your students create tweets that you blast out. Not ready for social media? Start a classroom blog using Blogger or a Vlog (video blog) using Flipgrid where students can share their voices, ideas, and feelings as near or wide as feels comfortable.

About the Author:

Kimberly Zajac is a nationally certified speech/language pathologist & audiologist in the Norton (MA) Public Schools. She is on the board of directors of MassCUE and serves as co-leader of the MassCUE SLP & Special Educator Special Interest Group. Zajac has presented at various conferences in the New England area. She is a Flipgrid Ambassador, a Neuro-Developmental Treatment certified therapist, and a fierce advocate for student voice.