Musings on the challenges and opportunities of education in the 21st century.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Celebrating Student Voice
The topic for this week is Student Voice – how do we work to enhance this in our school and what evidence can we look to for evidence. There is a great conversation on this topic on the #SAVMP blog – if you can listen to part of this it is worth it.
I am interested in exploring the ways we give our students a voice at St. Greg’s. More and more this seems to mean connecting our students to social media. In the hangout above the participants are talking about the tools they are using at their schools and how students are involved in putting out their message.
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
finally...one of our student blog posts WWE - A Kid blog by our grade 4 teacher – another great way to celebrate student voice! Would love to see this opened up so that the students can have a bigger audience!
WWE is a wrestling company that I really like! It has live shows on every week, like on Mondays there is a show called Monday night Raw,on Wednesday there is a show called Main Event,on Thursday there is a show called NXT,then on Friday there is a show called Friday night Smackdown;I went to that in September 2013! Smackdown and Raw are the 2 main shows. Raw is the most watched show in television history and has more then 1,000 live episodes and counting! Right now the wrestlers that have the most attention are John Cena,Randy Orton,Daniel Bryan,Triple H,and Kane. There are 5 championships that are Intercontinental,US champion,Tag Team champion,Divas champion(for women),and the most important WWE world heavy weight champion! Well that’s WWE!