Student Voice at Preshil
By Rachel Bowen – IB PYP Coordinator and 8s&9s Classroom Team Teacher
The concept of ‘student voice’ has always been an integral part of Preshil culture. Student input has always been highly valued in the development of collaborative classroom inquiry, projects, essential agreements, traditions and new initiatives through our school from Kindergarten to Year Twelve.
The framework of the IB Primary Years Program (IBPYP) provides many authentic opportunities to maintain our commitment to ‘student voice’ throughout our dynamic school. It challenges students to have a voice in articulating their own learning, by setting personal goals for individual projects and through the consultative process of developing a shared Rubric of Assessment within Units of Inquiry.
Becoming part of the International Baccalaureate community allows opportunities for Preshil staff and students to collaborate with the global IB community and connect with other schools that share our values of Respect, Compassion and Courage, and encourage staff and students to be ‘internationally minded’ in their teaching and learning.
As classrooms move into the ‘Launch Pad’ phase of their Unit of Inquiry, examples of ‘thinking being made visible’ and evidence of student voice will be woven into classroom displays and more importantly, into how students articulate and discuss their curiosities and wonderings as they begin to pursue their personal projects.
I feel blessed to take on this role especially now as we begin our IB PYP *Candidacy journey. I look forward to continuing to collaboratively define how we will interpret the IB framework to best suit and meet our needs within our vibrant and progressive school. For further reading, I have included a link to an article published on Edutopia focusing on the importance and positive impact of student voice within the school setting: Including Student Voice – Bill Palmer
To find out more, please register for our next Kindergarten and Primary Open Day here.
Preshil – The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School is a candidate school* for the PYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org