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From Burnout to Bandwidth: Five Steps to the Student Led Classroom

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 118B

Participate and share: Interactive session
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Author, Lead Coach SmallBites LLC
Uplift Education
Building on experiences in her recurring role as the “one Black friend” combined with years of research, Hedreich designs learning experiences for educators to help them create more inclusive classrooms. Her books, including the award winning "Finding Your Blind Spots, and the consulting firm SmallBites LLC is how she reaches educators striving to be more culturally responsive teachers. When not teaching, creating content or consulting for publishing houses and curriculum developers, Hedreich enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Session description

In a world of options designed to make a teacher's life easier, teachers are experiencing more burnout than ever. Meanwhile, Yale reports that 70% of students are bored. In this session you'll 'learn by doing', and get tools and strategies to implement the 5 steps to a student-led classroom.

Purpose & objective

In a social constructivism setting, teachers will experience, first hand as learners, driving the session through collaboratively solving a problem using the design process before learning the 5 step framework for ongoing student led learning in the classroom. Coaches and trainers will be able to use this same framework for staff PD.

Padlet, Canva and EdPuzzle will be used to create groups and collaborate.

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5m: Introduction, grouping
5m: Identifying a problem
5m: Brainstorming/creating a solution (and rewarding best solution)
10m: Evaluating process

5m: Class culture strategies
5m: Grouping strategies
5m: Student leadership strategies
5m: Content alignment strategies
5m: Letting go strategies

10m: Resources and Q&A

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Supporting research

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Session specifications

Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
And if you prefer pen and paper for notes, bring that as well.
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.