Since beginning my career in kindergarten 3 years ago, I have struggled to find ways to document authentic student voices in the classroom. We have some students that are able to write their thoughts and ideas, but others who are still unable to write without assistance. Some students are great at drawing to share their ideas, but still others who are uninterested or unable to draw their thoughts. I was successful when we used the Draw and Tell app for our subtraction stories at using student voice in their work, but I was still struggling to come up with a way to share their thinking in their art and other areas of play.
That’s when I came across a great blog post by Passionately Curious on how to easily create QR codes with voice recordings. I was hooked! For our next art project, I had students create communities using different pieces of colored paper. There was so much rich thinking behind this simple art project, so I recorded their voices on explaining why they had created their community the way they had. Now our bulletin board display outside of our classroom is interactive, and has elements of student voice incorporated right into it! Love it!
I have set myself a goal for next year- find a way for all students to record their own voices to explain their thinking when they want to. I want them to feel empowered to share their reasoning on their own.
Have you found any other ways to incorporate student voice into your classroom?