7 Student Voice Reflection Activities

Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is vital to engaging student voice. A great way to do that is through reflection. Reflection is a process of looking back on an experience and deciphering the meaning of it. This post shares some activities to foster that process. 7 Student Voice Reflection Activities There are severalContinue reading “7 Student Voice Reflection Activities”

Cycle: Reflection on Meaningful Involvement

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Engaging students in roles normally reserved for educators, new opportunities for learning, analysis, and critical thinking emerge. Talking with students about the action they take is an important way to support their ability to make sense of what happens to them. Putting language to experiences is a process weContinue reading “Cycle: Reflection on Meaningful Involvement”

34 Ways to Meaningfully Involve Students

Testing, curriculum, teaching styles, school evaluations… As the banner of student voice is unfurled around the world, we see more young people standing up in unprecedented numbers than ever before. They’re demanding what is rightfully theirs: Meaningful learning, deep school-community connections, and lifelong success on their terms. We’re just see a movement emerge like neverContinue reading “34 Ways to Meaningfully Involve Students”

Cycle: Taking Action

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Moving from rhetoric to reality, taking action is a substantive way to demonstrate the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. When Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” he was not speaking in a passive sense. Instead, he was calling anyone who is committed toContinue reading “Cycle: Taking Action”

Cycle: Authorizing Students

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement Looking at the core of this word, the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement insists that educators provide students with the opportunity to author their own stories. This means being able to speak the truth, create our own myths, and learn the lessons life shares. Educators often take for grantedContinue reading “Cycle: Authorizing Students”

Cycle: Validating Students

It is as if students occupy a dichotomy in society where their voices are either completely worshipped or totally dismissed, and worse still, sometimes fully repressed. Mainstream media frequently place student voice on a pedestal, highlighting the “outrageous” things kids say or making the opinions and ideas of students into the flavor of the dayContinue reading “Cycle: Validating Students”

Cycle: Listen to Students

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Listening to students is something that anyone who has regular contact with students thinks they do every day. Asking students when the last time was they actually felt heard can reveal some different opinions though. Listening is the first step in the Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Separately StudentsContinue reading “Cycle: Listen to Students”

Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement

The Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement. Introduction to the Cycle Listen, validate, authorize, act, and reflect. These are not radical concepts unfamiliar to seasoned educators. However, while it is true that educators intuitively go through these steps with students every single day, it can be challenging to keep them in focus while going through theContinue reading “Cycle of Meaningful Student Involvement”

32 Resources on Meaningful Student Involvement

SoundOut provides these resources for you to use in your own school. Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms — both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application — with Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Readings PDFContinue reading “32 Resources on Meaningful Student Involvement”

The Meaninglessness of Tabula Rasa

Within the boundaries of the education system people share a thousand purposes for its existence. Some insist on the purpose of schools being to create better citizens, while others think its more productive workers. Others want to promote values and culture, while some want to build a secure future. Some people mix it all together,Continue reading “The Meaninglessness of Tabula Rasa”