Monday, January 5, 2009

What students have to say

I'm blogging this as I listen to students on their views on education. Being part of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) 2009 conference. There are speakers and educational researchers from around the world. Sessions I have attended include middle school curriculum choices that improve learning at the secondary level in Holland and 'Conditions for School Transformation' from Cathy Wylie from New Zealand. See the complete list of presenters.

What I'm most engaged with at this conference is the student voices. There are a group of 12 students from around the province at the event. As they attend sessions, they are taking photos and writing blogs. Here is the summary page with aggregates their blogs. Here is a small sample of what I've learned so far:

  • Models for student mentorship from Melanie

  • Importance of student leadership from Henry

  • The value in having student input into educational technology from William

  • How teaching is a two-way process to have learning from Eva

Many of the student blog posts have multiple comments from the educators at the conference, there is an ongoing dialogue between the educators and the students.

Even if you aren't at the conference, I would encourage my readers to visit these student blogs, comment on the student's posting and ask them a question to further the discussion. This has been a great experience for me to learn from students. I would be interested in hearing how others think dialogue could be setup and fostered in our classrooms and schools.

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