86: Let Them Own It – Maryanne Cullinan and Ellen Kidd chat about giving students ownership, the power of building community, and why we sometimes need to get out of the way.

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Our dynamic duo, Maryanne Cullinan and Ellen Kidd, chat about giving students ownership, the power of building community, and why we sometimes need to get out of the way.

Ellen and Maryanne share how we can work to give kids the capacity to solve their own problems, why we need to build relationships to help others take risks, and the power of productive struggle.

Episode Highlights

  • 0:37 – Discussing Rae’s common use of the Taco, Candy Bar, Piece of Cake, and Cheeseburger emojis.
  • 2:11 – Chatting  about how student ownership can be scary.
  • 11:01 – Ellen and Maryanne introduce themselves.
  • 12:43 – Maryanne and Ellen’s failure: Idea of changing Student Council to be a more “student-based” group, and having it totally fail.
  • 16:37 – Ellen and Maryanne tell us about their school’s morning show, run by students.
  • 21:43 – Talking about how giving students ownership can be scary.
  • 24:10 – What’s got Maryanne and Ellen excited about education: Technology, student ownership, finding students’ passions.
  • 27:44 – Ellen and Maryanne’s advice to teachers: Try to find that person you can collaborate with. Visit lots of classrooms. Build community.
  • 30:41 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
  • 33:17 – How to connect with Maryanne and Ellen.

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