M-9 Students Skilled for Success

Students routinely choose, critically analyze and evaluate resources, collaborate with peers, and communicate their ideas in creative ways.

What does this look like in our schools and classrooms?

  • Develop the skills of persistence and problem-solving by letting students struggle within reason
  • Teach students to evaluate websites and resources for bias and validity
  • Incorporate primary sources and texts into classroom readings
  • Provide opportunities for students to hear from and work with outside experts
  • Let students choose the best tool and method to present their learning with creative products
  • Teach students effective listening and public speaking skills
  • Allow students to learn teamwork and collaboration skills by working with diverse partners and groups to create discussion and learning products
  • Allow students to create work products that have an outside audience and purpose
  • Use Common Sense Media and other sources to teach students how to be responsible digital citizens
  • Teach reading and writing skills that will transfer to future school and workplace
  • Integrate soft skills such as communication, adaptability, teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, and conflict resolution
  • Use literacy strategies such as text annotation to help students read critically
  • Model being a lifelong learner who embraces growth and accepts feedback
  • Use collaborative groups with defined roles to help students develop leadership skills

Exemplar Lessons & Strategies

How Can Technology Support this M-Powerment Strategy?

Google Suite & Blogger
Collaborative documents, websites, and blogging
  • Collaborate with classmates on research and presentations
  • Build websites and author blogs to showcase student creations
Common Sense Media
Digital citizenship resources and review of Web tools and apps
  • Identify, evaluate and select creation tools to share student learning
  • Incorporate elements of digital citizenship into daily lessons
NC Wise Owl
Online research
  • Teach students effective searching skills and how to choose resources
  • Practice notetaking, reading, summarizing, and critical thinking during research


For Future Reading, Exploration, & Learning

Educational Articles

Check out these additional research-based articles and books related to this M-Powerment Strategy. 

 https://sites.google.com/a/mgsd.k12.nc.us/mgsd-big-refresh/system/app/pages/search?scope=search-site&q=M-1Self-Paced PD

To explore more about this strategy, check out some of the sessions that have been offered at previous Summer Institutes related to this strategy. Each one contains lots of strategies you can implement and resources you can use to improve your practice.

Instructional Coach-Created Resources

Newsletters and contests created by our Instructional Coaches and School Library Media Coordinators have lots of resources and ideas you can implement. Here are a few that relate to this strategy.