Darren Kuropatwa came to our class and gave a very interesting presentation about giving students the opportunity to show us what they have learned. He asked the question, "How do we know what our students know?". This is a very good question to ask, and when you think about it, it's probably the most important question teachers should ask themselves. After all, the answer to that question is the basis of what we are getting paid to do.
I really enjoyed the information he shared, because he pointed out that our jobs as teachers should be a lot easier if we are using the myriad of talents and interests shown by our students. I especially liked the idea of using flikr in math class to have students search for links between the content they are learning and their everyday lives.
I came across a website entitled "Sound Out: Promoting Student Voice In School" - http://www.soundout.org/teaching.html , which has a lot of interesting resources for incorporating our students into their own learning. There are links to programs being used in schools, as well as more tools that teachers can add to their repertoire.