When students feel ownership over their own learning through sharing their knowledge and perspectives in the classroom, they engage more actively with their schoolwork. Teachers can create this environment by valuing and responding to student voice.
Introduction to Student Voice
An introduction to motivating learning conditions from PERTS.
An introduction to the learning condition Student Voice
CHAPTER 1: GIVE STUDENTS A CHOICE IN DIRECTING THEIR OWN LEARNING AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
When students have some degree of autonomy regarding what they learn and how they learn, they are much more likely to engage meaningfully in their schoolwork.
Strategies that help teachers build opportunities for student choice in their classroom
Five strategies which can be used in the classroom to help students speak up and help make important choices for the classroom.
A teacher talks about their experience letting students choose how they show what they know
An article with strategies on how to give students choice in your classroom
Strategies for creating a culture of student choice in your classroom
This EdWeek video written by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski describes how choice can help motivate students and provides several tangible ways to provide students with choice along a few dimensions.
CHAPTER 2: ENSURE THAT STUDENTS FEEL HEARD
Students should be given opportunities to share their feedback, knowledge, and perspectives about the classroom environment, instruction, and teacher practices.
Strategies for students to provide feedback and suggestions to classroom learning, activities, and teacher practice
This toolkit provides strategies, inspiration, and tools for making sure that students feel heard
A lesson where students learn about first-person commentary, why it is important, and how students can develop tools to create impactful commentaries.
Soliciting authentic student feedback sends the message that students have a voice and that their opinions are valued
Explore how one high school is using student surveys as a way of capturing students’ opinions
A survey platform for gathering student feedback
How student voice can be important in creating a curriculum
A video that shows how one-on-one student-teacher conferences can be used for learning
An activity for visually engaging in a discussion around a topic
A video on how small-or large- group discussions can be used for student voice
Learn about student-led, student-directed ways of doing research
Explore how students can lead and facilitate conferences with their parents and family members
CHAPTER 3: RESPOND TO STUDENT FEEDBACK AUTHENTICALLY
Responding to student feedback and suggestions shows students you are on their side, invested in their success, and willing to collaborate in their learning
Strategies for responding to student feedback authentically
Learn about how student feedback can improve your instruction in the classroom
Three methods of collecting student feedback to improve students’ experiences in the classroom
An activity that encourages sharing through engaged listening.
An activity that provides a structure for looking at, understanding, and interpreting data