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Celebrate good times, come on!

Here are a few ideas to have a little fun and recognize your students’ achievements: Write personal thank you letters Hold an awards ceremony with individual certificates or assign class superlatives A low-cost gift or souvenir from the apprenticeship Handout … Continue reading

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How to cure a case of the butterflies…

Some kids are naturally comfortable speaking in front of an audience, while others fear just the thought of it.   Be creative about student roles in the WOW! and make sure all students participate in some way.  Here are some alternative … Continue reading

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10 Week WOW! Plan

The key to a great apprenticeship is planning ahead! Use this 10 Week WOW! Planning document to help you map out your 10 weeks of lessons including learning objectives and 21st century skills. Sometimes it’s easier to start planning backwards and begin with the WOW! What do you want students to be able to do at the end of the semester? What will students need to do each week to finish their WOW! product, performance, or presentation? Be sure to work with your Team Leader when filling out this document. Best of luck and happy WOW! planning. Continue reading

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It’s week #X…what should I be doing as a Citizen Teacher?

Not sure if you are making progress in your apprenticeship? Take a look at this weekly breakdown of apprenticeship tips to take a pulse check with your supporting Team Leader…

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Stay on Track with a WOW! Map

How do you really know you are on track for the WOW!? Well, Team Leaders and Citizen Teachers in New York use their visuals wisely to keep them on the highway to WOW!. Continue reading

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How Will Our WOW!…?

Is this your first WOW! with Citizen Schools? Are you a veteran Citizen Teacher, but looking to spice up the WOW! you’ve done in the past? Use this graphic organizer in combination with the following guiding questions to contemplate the crucial components of a high quality WOW! Continue reading

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Teach Students About Public Speaking

Sure, you know all the elements of quality public speaking…right? Well, what are they? Some things just come naturally to us and it is difficult to break down a skill, like public speaking, into its parts. There is a good chance you practice all the following guidelines of a veteran public speaker, so talk to the apprentices about the skill breakdown and be a great example to them. Continue reading

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A WOW! Can Be…a Product

A product WOW! is a sustainable piece created in the apprenticeship that accurately demonstrates the mastery students gained over the subject matter and the skills of their apprenticeship. Continue reading

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A WOW! Can Be…a Presentation

A presentation WOW! is an event during which apprentices communicate their deep learning by engaging their authentic audience and each other informal and informal conversations, demonstrating mastery over the subject matter and skills in their apprenticeship. Continue reading

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A WOW! Can Be…a Performance

A performance WOW! is a production typically associated with performance art related apprenticeships (theater, dance, music, singing) or Mock Trials during which apprentices demonstrate the talent they’ve mastered in the apprenticeship while also exhibiting strong Oral Presentation skills. Continue reading

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