Earlier this week I had the pleasure and privilege of bringing 7 of my Kindergarten students to Dynamic Landscapes to present why coding is important and how we use Bee Bots to teach us about code. It was an amazing experience. I have been thinking about the value also of student voice and how my students were able to share theirs in a very authentic way.
My students collaborated, answered questions, reflected on their thinking as they shared, demonstrated “how to” operate a Bee Bot as well as show how they support our exploration of coding. Some things really struck me…..
- All of my students were confident when they shared throughout the audience. All of my students displayed confidence and were great supporting each other.
- My students spoke up clearly and confidently.
- They added their own ideas and thoughts throughout my presentation about coding without my prompting them.
- They really understood what coding is and why it is important.
- They all worked in small collaborative groups with adults demonstrating “how to” use Bee Bots as well as answered the questions that came up.
- They introduced themselves with confidence and were genuinely excited and so proud to be alongside me sharing the love of coding.
- This was a great example of student voice. I am so proud of my students. They did a wonderful job using their voice to inspire others as well as opportunities for people to think about coding.
- My students remembered and understood the importance of covering their name when photographed because this is how we are safe when we share ourselves and our ideas online.
These are just some of the things I noticed. I am also thinking about how seamless this was for them. They were not nervous, but confident in their knowledge and thinking about what we were sharing and why. This has me thinking deeply about how important it is to have our students voices heard. Our students have so much to say and I am thinking about the opportunities that I have as an educator on a daily basis for student voice. Creating opportunities for our students to use there voice to share, reflect and design what they are exploring and learning creates a very rich culture for learning.
Thinking about next year and how I will begin to have student voice present in all of our learning offers me opportunities to be reflective and also begin to think about what I will be designing, why it is important and how will it look and sound? Lots of platforms and digital tools “out there” to think about incorporating…
My students are at the heart of my work. Their families are important stakeholders and need to be a part of our busy days together. I am thinking also about when my students are invited to share their voice, it becomes confident, inspiring and helps us all think deeply about the what of our work.