A voice is the first step to change. Without a voice, people will feel powerless and hopeless in the face of adversity. GlobalEdSsChat gives voices to students on issues that impact the entire world. That’s why it is so important.
~ Gobi Mathi, Lead Student, 2019~
Niyati Jain, GlobalEdSsChat Lead Speaks Out About Why Having a Voice is Important
I feel having a voice is important because it gives you a chance to communicate your opinion to others and express your thoughts/creativity. Your voice will be able to give others a different point of view to think about. Your opinion doesn’t have to be perfect, when you use your voice to make a change it becomes perfect on its own and has a meaning/power behind it. Your voice can help make a difference in somebody’s life and or perspective. I am really happy I get a chance to voice my opinion and hope to make a difference one day.
Podcast Featuring GlobalEdSsChat Student Leads
Listen to the OnEdMentors Podcast as Noa Daniel welcomes GlobalEdSsChat (formerly OnEdSsChat) leaders, Leigh Cassell and Jennifer Casa-Todd and Student Leads who gather monthly to explore issues\related to social justice, character, and citizenship.
Students Imagine the Future of Ontario’s Education System
Student voice is more than just choice. Student voice is about students co-creating their learning opportunities in partnership with educators. As educators we have a responsibility to recognize student strengths, embrace the individual capacity of each student, and celebrate diversity within each community of learners. By doing so, students will begin to recognize their own genius, celebrate their individuality, promote their unique qualities, and advocate for themselves as learners. When students become advocates for themselves, they have the skills and confidence they need to be successful.
As educators, we need to:
→ Listen to our students and learn about what is important to them
→ Provide the valuable and critical feedback based on their strengths
→ Celebrate the successes and failures that students have and encourage them to persevere
Of course, no voice is more important than a student’s voice to help educators understand why student voice must be valued.
Interested in learning more about student voice? We hope you will explore some of these Ontario based resources:
I would like to thank OnEdSsChat for the wonderful experience, and, I would like to say that ONedSsChat has been one of the most exciting parts of my high school career.
~ Catalina Musteata, Lead Student, 2019~