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The Student Voice & Student Leadership Fork
When you reach a fork in the road … take the fork! – Yogi Berra
There is a time in every school’s life when they meet a fork in the road. That fork occurs when student behaviour, performance, engagement, and interest plateaus and slowly starts to dive. Student behaviour gets worse, performance levels stagnate, students become harder to motivate and engage, and student anxiety ramps up.
When this happens, teachers work harder than they ever have, leadership burn out is high, everyone looks for quick fixes, the meeting calendar explodes and teacher morale drops.
What used to be a fabulous school loses its way… until it come to the fork.
The fork is either ramp up the control, legislate rigid discipline, impose penalties, increase testing, and get in charge OR you sit down and REALLY talk to your students.
This workshop teaches “the fork” to school leaders, year level coordinators, faculty heads, deputy and assistant principals, heads of junior, middle or senior school, multi classroom leaders, teacher mentors and senior teachers, classroom teachers AND STUDENTS who are interested making their school a better place.
According to Russ Quaglia’s meticulous research on student voice, when students believe that their teachers know their students’ goals, hopes, dreams, and desires their students are 18 times more academically engaged than students who do not!
This workshop examines the conditions that can be used by all educators to improve their relationships with students, make teaching and learning more relevant and engaging, and create a renewed sense of purpose in their classrooms and schools.
The workshop then details practical doable ways that your schools can implement…
- Greater teacher student connection
- Student voice and leadership
- Better interactions with complex students and the
- Transitioning strategies that enable change to happen.
You will also meet a plethora of creative strategies that involve students more in the daily running of life, the making of decisions, the process of school discipline and the course of change.
You will meet amongst other strategies, how to set up,
- A Student Senate… a house of review for school problems, insights, and conundrums.
- Safe School Super-Heroes… Undercover student champions who will transform your playground, reduce conflict, and positively alter behaviour.
- Genius Hour… An hour a week that gives students a chance to study what interests them and form the synergies that could change their world.
- Classroom strategies that change classroom tone and involve students in assisting teachers with difficult and hard to handle students.
Greg Mitchell is dynamic behaviour management and student wellbeing consultant who has worked with schools throughout Australia for over 20 years. His classroom ring craft is well worth watching and his willingness to share and engage with schools, connect with teachers, work with students, and build support for school leaders is energetic, enthusiastic, and admirable.