The “Student Voice” is a concept described by NASUWT as:
“…the empowerment of pupils to enable them to be engaged and involved in the learning process, thus helping teachers and other members of the school workforce to raise standards and meet the needs of individual learners.”
The following is feedback that was shared with us from a student voice session with year 7 & 8 at Redhill Academy . They were asked to provide feedback on “what they think makes a good lesson”. We share this because, as well as being interesting (and honest) student opinions, we think this chimes with much of what BrainPOP stands for or encourages.
Being able to have fun whilst you are learning.
- “It helps you learn and helps you to take things in if you enjoy what you are doing”.
- “Activities that are “fun” are short and varied”.
- “Where possible lessons should have a hands on approach so we can learn whilst doing”.
Teacher having a sense of humour
- “If you are afraid of a teacher it can affect your learning, teachers with a sense of humour are approachable and you don’t worry about asking for help”.
- “Teachers that have a sense of humour seem happy teaching kids which makes us want to be in their class”.
Being able to use technology
- “Using technology in lessons can help to make things clearer, it is not always easy to see what is written on the board from the back of the room”.
- “Interactive white boards are good but some teachers don’t really allow the pupils to use them in any way which is frustrating because then they are not very interactive”.
Teacher being willing to talk off the point
- “It is good to know that if you have something to share with the group that the teacher will let you speak and maybe your ideas could start a discussion”.
- “It helps us to see how one thing can be linked to another”.
- “Comments and corrections are helpful, not just ticks and crosses”.
- “Allowing other pupils to mark your work creates anxiety, what if they mark it wrong? Or laugh at your answer?”
- “Marking your own work makes you see where you have gone wrong, however, some pupils feel that this can be a boring activity and that time spent marking your own work could be spent learning”.