Working with more than 500 student and adult participants in SoundOut Student Voice Workshops over the last year, I have compiled the following list of dos and don’ts for sharing student voice in education activities. The complete list includes planning activities, preparing students, actually facilitating activities, and sustaining student voice afterwards. Today’s post covers how to prepare students for student voice activities. For the complete article email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask.
share student voice, DON’T…
down to students. Teach them education jargon, theory, and strategies as
out one student for their race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation,
academic performance, etc.
the democratic purpose of student voice.
to explain to students why they’re involved in an activity.
students less than adults; students should have opportunities with adults in activities.
to give students plenty of opportunity to formulate their own opinions before
share student voice, DO…
students about the education system they participate in.
students learn about the broad issues in education affecting them.
and facilitate students talking with each other before they share their student
voice with adults.
students to assert themselves as they see
fit, including sharing real experiences and saying what works.
students know their participation is crucial to the success of schools.
and facilitate active adult interaction with the students at events.
For more information about student voice in schools, visit www.SoundOut.org.