I am an inquiry minded historian with a passion for engaging students, the department head of Canadian and World Studies at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton, ON, and above all that, a father of two amazing little ladies!
HWDSB students comment on how they learn best and the environments that help them learn during the 2014 HWDSB Director’s Student Voice Forum. The student voice documented in this video was gathered from:
On Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 450+ of our #HWDSB students descended on Sir John A. Macdonald to share their learning stories and thoughts about engagement for learning with us. Here are the stories and reflections of learning that students found engaging, fun, and meaningful.
If you’d like to design your perfect classroom try this online software tool: http://courses.edtechleaders.org/html_cores/trainingcores/multimedia/classroom_app/ Take a screen shot of your design and post it here https://directorsforum.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/2014/01/14/your-thoughts/
What questions, ideas, or suggestions do you have for us? Complete the form below to share your ideas. This form is open to ALL students and schools in HWDSB – whether you are participating at Sir John A. Macdonald or at your individual home schools.
Refer to the ‘Envisioning Student Voice’ graphic and describe the types of interactions you have with teachers and share some of your ideas in terms of student and teacher partnerships for learning. Hashtag the name of your school in your reply (i.e. #Gatestone)
This year when you registered for the Student Voice Forum we asked you how you feel you learn the best. We asked you what engages you in your learning. Here is what you told us…. Name (First) Grade How do you learn best? What engages you? Zeineb 7 I learn best through teacher lectures that … Continue reading How do you learn best? Here’s what you said!→
I am often asked what the student voice forums look like, sound like, and feel like. It is a dynamic experience that emulates an instrumented blended learning environment en masse. What this model illustrates is that learning can be differentiated for students with a variety of mediums and tools in both small classroom sized environments (30-ish students) and large conference sized environments (200-ish students). It has been a highly successful proof of concept. Here you will see students expressing themselves through inquiry by having face-to-face conversations, private reflections via podcasting, private and group blogging (via text, audio, and video), online collaborations with students both physically present and from elsewhere, and by writing their ideas down on graffiti walls and tables. The options are endless and the design is completely student centered. It’s THEIR voice, THEIR way!
This video was created recently by students in grades 9 and 10 in HWDSB. They were asked a series of questions relating to their experience at school: What is a specific time you had fun learning and what made it fun for you?; How do you learn best?; What motivates you and interests you bests when learning? These are there voices.