This remarkable book argues that by listening to and
interacting with students, teachers can more effectively support successful
learning. Classrooms where student voice is genuinely valued will engage
students in learning and help them to connect to issues that will affect their
In this timely book, teachers will learn how to inspire
students to buy into their own learning by giving them a voice in determining,
organising, structuring and responding to what is happening in the classroom.
The book recognises the importance of including student voices and choices in
exploring topics or texts of relevance, substance and interest.
Throughout the book, transcripts from significant children’s
classroom dialogues and conversations epitomise a rich range of classroom
interactions. The book covers the nitty-gritty of creating a powerful classroom
that reflects a community of voices, values story makers and nurtures group
interactions. It offers unique ways of recognising voices through imagining, constructing
and composing. The book maintains that when students care and are engaged, they
are better able to approach each text they meet critically and creatively.
Classrooms where student voices count are a first step
towards meaningful citizenship. Students will recognise when they have “voice”
as participating citizens, when they are marginalised and what they can do
about being heard.
I’ve Got Something to Say! offers practical strategies
that will engage students in thoughtful dialogue and discussion as a class, in
groups and with partners. These opportunities will challenge the student’s
personal thinking and their of their peers in meaningful ways, so that they are
constantly interacting and reflecting on their learning. The book aims to
deepen student participation and involvement through collaborative classroom
events that can help them to find and express their authentic voice.