Student Voice

If PD is to learn how to provide a better education for students, maybe they should guide/provide the PD.

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As part of the recent Teachers Guild Book Club (https://medium.com/teachersguild/book-club-most-likely-to-succeed-preparing-our-kids-for-the-innovation-era-f28be6503ccc) we suggested teachers ask students, "what do they believe is the purpose of school?" In response to that I had asked my students to email me responses to the following questions: 

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • What does teaching look like?
  • What does learning look like?

I received some very enlightening responses, which I've attached. I also did a couple interviews with students which you can find at:

It was great to hear what my students had to say. Students know/understand a lot more than they are given credit for. We should give them more voice in what teacher PD looks like. If we listen to students and spend our PD time listening to what their wants and needs are, we surely will better service their needs and better prepare them for the future.

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Student Responses.pdf

Student Responses to, "What is the purpose of education?" "What does teaching look like?" and "What does learning look like?"

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Photo of John Faig

I love the research. it sounds simple - teachers want to know what to improve and user-centered design says talk to your "customers." From my understanding of education history, research used to be done by teachers. When did research migrate away from teachers and to higher education and industry gurus?

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The student responses in the attached PDF are GOLD! I love that they get it - and that they still can express a little humor - as they attempt to not "end up on the streets living in a box."

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Given the right nudge, students can become very open with their opinions. More and more I find myself thinking about how to incorporate my students thoughts and feelings into my practice.