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Student Voice

Teacher Notes

Years ago I was asked to take part in a community group looking to address the gap in activities for young adults after school in our town.  I was quite impressed with the group that was assembled but I noticed a glaring exclusion.  I raised my hand and was recognized by the chairperson.  I said, “We are missing a very important element here.”  She responded, “Jerry, we have the Superintendent, School Board members, all the principals, members of the clergy, the police captain of the local precinct, elected officials, presidents of all the PTA’s, members of the Chamber of Commerce and business community and of course you representing the library (I was the President of the Library Board of Trustees & VP of one of the areas HS PTAs.).” I replied: “How come we do not have any young members of the community here?  We are here to make decisions about them and they should be heard.”

A lot of times when we are making important educational decisions we have a tendency to leave out the voices of the students (and parents). We should be listening more to what our children and parents have to say.  When making the expectations or rules of your classroom include the students in the formulation of them.  Learn to step aside and let the students take more of a role in their learning process. School improvement needs the voices of the students on what they would like to say.  Make them a real part of the



Virtual Learning - Students Tell Us What Works @CarlaMeyrink

5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year @gcouros

Do Students WANT Choice? @MelanieCFarrell

Hey, High School Principal: Take A Hint From Your Students @Aewallace8 @NASSP

100 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know

Listening Page (Very important to listen to what your students have to say)

#YouMatter page (Students need to know that their teachers care about them)

Student-Centered Learning Page (Students like the opportunity to direct their own learning)

Genius Hour page  (Allow students to explore their passions)

Motivating Students - Student Engagement Page

"Do not confine your children to your own learning. For they have been born in another time."