“The greatest lessons in life, if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The Passmores Student Pedagogy Team was born out of a desire to gain more insight into examples of great teaching and learning that were occurring around the school. We also wanted to hear from our students; to hear about what they enjoyed in lessons, what helped them learn and what they thought could be even better.
Phrase 1: the Ped Team discussed the role that we wanted our student team to play in the improvement of teaching and learning practice within the school. The focus was on what was working rather than what was not. We settled on three roles that were discrete but supported one another.
Phase 2: we devised a list of students across year groups and ability levels and sent students an invitation letter to attend an expression of interest meeting, with the role that they had been nominated for indicated within the letter. We were pleased with the number of students who signed on to the team and the excitement that they felt about being part of an initiative where their voice took centre stage.
Phrase 3: students have attended the initial ‘ideas’ session and will be involved in a series of sessions in the coming months where they collect examples of great teaching and learning within their particular area. Each subgroup – iLearners, Learning Agents, Learning Detectives – elected a group manager, an editor and a secretary. Minutes are taken during each session where students plan how and when they will collect photos and evidence in lessons, discuss the topics and writers for each blog, and devise suggestions for fine-tuning practice and lesson activities.
Phase 4: after the initial evaluation cycle we will look at expanding the team by opening nominations to all students.
The students have now affectionately named themselves StuPeds. A title that is a brilliant indication, not only of their humility and sense of humour, but more importantly, of the ownership and empowerment that they feel in their role, and as a student team. The StuPed’s blogs will be updated throughout the year and can be found through the ‘StuPed Blog’ tab above.