Full course description
Date and time
Session 1: Monday 17 August 2020, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Session 2: Tuesday 8 September 2020, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Online – zoom link sent 24 hours prior to the event
This learning event is right for you if you are wanting to discover the latest research in student voice, and explore strategies that enhance student voice and agency in the classroom.
These two sessions will focus on student voice and agency. Traditionally, student voice in schools has been conceptualised as symbolic leadership responsibilities such as representative councils and other committees. In the classroom however, student voice and quality teacher talk is one of the most powerful influences on student achievement and engagement. Despite this, teacher voice remains dominant in the classroom. Based on this, how can teachers create a classroom in which student voice is harnessed to activate students as agents of their own learning and thinking? In these sessions attendees will develop an understanding of the language conditions that they can use to communicate effectively to involve student voice to develop understanding and deeper meta-cognition. The development of quality talk and how to involve peers in collaborative groups and quality conversations will also be a focus.
Supporting meaningful and effective student voice can contribute to many positive outcomes for schools. It has been shown to improve student wellbeing and student engagement, lead to positive change within schools, and promote civic engagement among students.
- deeper understanding of the key theories regarding student voice and agency
- strategies for effective classroom discussion
- strategies for developing student voice, agency and leadership
- clarity around the notion of student voice and teacher talk
- deeper understanding of the significant impact that student voice and agency has on student outcomes and wellbeing
Sophie Murphy is a highly experienced K-12 teacher and leader. She has taught and held leadership positions in both Primary and Secondary settings in multiple sectors for over 20 years. Sophie is currently completing her PhD with Professor John Hattie at the University of Melbourne. She has a passion and determination to translate essential educational research to the educational setting. Sophie has keynoted at many leading international conferences and worked on many national and International projects including teaching high profile AFL coaches on the development of communicating their language and translation to players and internationally for National Geographic Learning in the USA.