Tuesday, November 5, 2019

National Coaching in Education conference - Reflections

Better Conversations
At the recent National Coaching in Education conference in Sydney, Australia I had the great pleasure of listening to Jim Knight (Instructional Coaching guru) present on the importance of relationships and conversations. I've been nestled into his book Better Conversations for the last few weeks and have really enjoyed the real-life stories he has shared from thousands of educators/coaches across the globe.
There are a number of quotes that resonated with me, the one that made me think and ponder the most was the following quote about student voice: "Student voice is when a student expresses an opinion, it is heard by the teacher and something is done about it" (p. 28)
I've collected student voice (in early childhood and primary) and have to be honest, many times I have collected this as a tick box to say that it was done, then didn't do much with it. Which makes me think, should we be collecting student voice if we have no plans on doing anything with it?

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