“If we don’t tell the story of what is going on in our district who will.”
How do we work to enhance student voice in our school and what evidence can we look to for.
I am interested in exploring the ways we give our students a voice in our school. More and more this seems to mean connecting our students to social media.
This past week has been pretty amazing at our school. Our juniors were involved in two regional competitions – The Engineering Challenge and Destination Imagination. Our teams placed first and second in both competitions. They won because of their creativity, innovative skills and their ability to work as a team – no mean feat for kids in grades 5 and 6!
They were assisted by their teachers, an incredible group of volunteer engineers and parents. All these adults worked selflessly for weeks to prepare the students for these events. They really allowed the creative voices of their students come forward.
I can’t say enough about how important this is. Our students have shown themselves to be incredibly creative. Their voice really needs to be heard. Because of the work of teachers, parents and volunteers their voice is out there. What an incredible experience for our students!
Social media here plays a bit of a secondary role. Social media basically gets the word out – actually it gives the students the audience that they deserve. Here are some of the pieces put out by our teachers this week celebrating student voice.
Our first place team at Destination Imagination – students and parent volunteers
The Primary Blogging Community (PBC) was started by a primary teacher, Mrs. Wideen, here in Ontario last year. It is a community of primary teachers that want to share their students’ learning through the students’ personal blogs. For the next 3 weeks (and the past three!), we are blogging with 3 other classrooms from around the world. Our blogging community happens to be right here in North America. They are primary classes from Alberta, Nebraska, and Indiana. You can imagine the enthusiasm when students receive comments to their blog posts from someone new! This blogging experience provides them with a real audience that gives them authentic feedback about what they are writing on their blogs. It gives them a voice and lets them teach their peers about something they know or feel passionately about. And above all, it provides them with reading and writing opportunities (how to write a good blog post/comment) that they actually look forward to. If you have not visited your son’s or daughter’s blog, please do. If you would like to leave a comment, just let me know and I will sign you up!