Let Them Speak Up #30GoalsEdu

Goal 19: Let Them Speak Up of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators! Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators!

Student voice is an important part of any curriculum. Without engaging a student then the learning becomes tedious, boring, and overwhelming. Students want to make a connection to their learning. They want to see how the knowledge they are acquiring relates to the world around them and how they can use it in their present and future. The problem with traditional teaching that dedicates a majority of the instructional time to lecturing from the teacher and another portion to bookwork is that the student doesn’t get to speak up, add an opinion, or contribute. When students are silent they don’t get to relate to the learning, add their experiences to the learning, or make a connection.

For goal 19, I would like to encourage you to think about the amount of instructional time you dedicate to student voice. How does this time compare to the amount of time dedicated to lecturing, bookwork, quizzes, and other tasks where students remain silent or are tied to answering only through multiple choice questions?

Many types of technologies can help us increase student input in our classes. Below are a few ideas:

Short-term– Take one class period and dedicate a majority of the time to student input. You can use any of the suggested online tools. Reflect on the outcome.

Long-term– Try incorporating more tasks and activities to increase student input in your classes. This may be uncomfortable at first, because it is a struggle for teachers to let go of the control.

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Increase student input in at least one lesson.

Did you reflect on this goal? Please leave a comment that you accomplished this goal by either posting your own video reflection on Youtube, using the hashtag #30GoalsEdu, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to the GooglePlus page, or adding a comment below!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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