Students are enthusiastic to share their opinions, but they needed to be given the opportunity. Our goal as members of the student panel presenting on Authentic Student Voice at the 2018 Trustee Academy was to advocate for students to have the opportunity to express their opinions on topics which they feel passionate about. Giving students these opportunities allows them to see that their voices are both valued and respected. We feel that it is essential to a student's learning that they feel respected, as this will further encourage them to succeed and generates a positive learning environment.
What we learned
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. -Anonymous
Empowering students motivates them and has a strong impact on their voices. Before we began this journey, each of us had always been expressive of our opinions; however we never felt that these opinions would have an overall impact or value. This opportunity to present enabled us to share our opinions with a much larger audience, the school trustees of British Columbia. The encouragement of the trustees not only provided us with confidence to express ourselves, but proved to us that the opinions of curious students are valued.