Some students weigh in with their ideas.

I asked my students to provide some ideas.

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I have really been wanting to get my students involved in the ideate phase, but, over the past month, it seems I've been everywhere but with my classes.  Thus, with only a few days left, I have finally been able to get a little time to work on this with my students. 

I focused on my grade 9 and 10 students for this portion, where my senior students worked my discover contribution. I discussed with them what the guild was about and how the collaboration worked. I reviewed the discover phase responses from my other group, asking their thoughts. And then I gave them the ideate missions and asked them to see what they could come up with.

Attached are their responses.  Some of them gave some interesting starting points to ideas that can provide a good starting point to develop something awesome.

A number of my students really perked up  when I told them that I would be sharing their thoughts with people who value their opinions and want to factor them into decisions. Some of them were pretty open with some good insights into what they want. 

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Student responses.pdf

Various responses by grade 9 and 10 students.

Response by two grade 10 students.pdf

A response from two grade 10 students.

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Mark,
Love getting students involved in something I am working on--it deepens our relationship (yes, I am person too. I also learn and think.)

So powerful and true:
"While the parent and teacher both have a large impact and influence on a student's success, it is the student's responsibility to achieve their personal best. If the teachers and parents leave the student out of the conversation, they are failing to give the student the tools they need to succeed. If the student is not able to provide their personal perspective, then both parents and teacher will fail to take it into consideration while searching for a learning method best suited for the student. The only one who truly will know how the student best learns, is the student."

Now if parents and teachers could be as thoughtful and reflective as your students...

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