Thanks to my amazing professor, Dr. Wendy Crocker, I was forwarded a link to a study done in Canada pertaining to teacher understanding of student voice and how to use it in their daily practice to enhance student success.
The study, coordinated by TakingItTGlobal, brought together educators from multiple boards across Canada to learn more about Empowering Student Voice in Education. Their learning program included a pre/post survey outlining the understanding teachers had towards effectively using student voice practices in the classroom. It came as no surprise to see that less than 50% of the educators surveyed effectively knew how to use student voice as a means to support student success. Their lack of understanding, however; was shifted by the end of the program with understanding of student voice increasing immensely thanks to professional development over the four month program.
This study, though small in size, affirms my overall belief that educators do not fully understand how to effectively implement student voice into their every day teaching practice. To some, implementing student voice is simple but to others, it is a daunting task that extends above and beyond a need to control the classroom environment.
I invite anyone who reads my blog to ask questions about student voice or share examples. Together, student voice can be a part of every classroom on a daily basis and student success increased on all levels.