今天“学生的声音”这个词是什么意思? 国际公认的青年声音和学生参与专家, Adam Fletcher relates that it goes far beyond the important work of helping students develop their own voices. 这个概念现在意味着更深层次的承诺, suggesting that educators have an ethical imperative to engage students in new ways that are vital to school improvement. 学生的声音融入MPA的核心价值观, even our youngest children help to significantly impact their educational environments nd experiences.
MPA's PreK teacher Debbie LaChapelle describes how her small but mighty students shape their education. One four- year-old girl, 例如, requested a PreK art show like the older children have. 拉切尔发现了这个想法, 把它归功于那个学生, 并改变了她的课程，将年度艺术展览纳入其中. 我在学生的骄傲中见证了这一切, 信心, 尊重自己和他人, 同理心, 和领导能力,”她的股票. 当他们的想法和想法被接受和验证时, 这向他们表明，他们很重要，可以带来改变."
Kari奥基夫 provides another example of how first graders design their educational environment. "From the moment you walk into the classroom, one sees that the room belongs to the students. They have created everything from the alphabet and number line to the bulletin boards and borders. 他们提出了对教室的期望，并标记了空间的特殊区域. They have a true sense of ownership as they've helped to create every aspect of their classroom."
当学生进入中学, 让他们继续参与自己的教育至关重要, 意识到他们已经发展出更强有力的表达方式. 然而, MPA的学生在发展他们自己的身份的过程中了解到这一点, 他们还必须学会同情他人. 同样的同理心是他们发出自己声音的本质, 根据Ann虔敬·艾奇逊的说法, 中学英语教师. 她的股票, “我的工作是促进课程选择，不仅教学生阅读, 写, 认为, 说话, 以越来越清晰和有艺术感的方式倾听, 而是为了创造安全, 冒险, and thirst so that seventh and eighth grade voices will not only be uniquely empowered and realized, 而是被倾听和理解."
One might wonder how MPA teachers bring student voice into more structured subject areas such as math and science, 概念是基于证明和定律的. 这显然是一种平衡行为. 即使在这里, 在教育和激励学习者方面有创造力的空间, 而教师的部分职责就是引导学生进行自我反思.
Middle School science teacher Courtney Nagle relates how being an educator at MPA "gives me the freedom to be creative and promote creative assignments." She cites examples such as a sixth grade assignment to create their own insect and the fifth grade inventor's fair. The tradition of SEEK projects also allows students a great deal of freedom to study virtually anything related to science. Children's ability to identify and follow areas of personal interest reinforces what our educators know—that human beings are more likely to learn best when the motivation is intrinsic rather than extrinsic.
中学数学老师, 克里斯·彼得森对此进行了详述, "Kids care more about learning and retain the information better when they are more engaged with their learning. 学生们似乎也更喜欢上课，如果他们完全专注于主题.“这很有道理, 但是作为一名教师, 这需要摆脱传统的自上而下的教育方式.
随着学生升入高中，学习主题变得更加严格, 学生声音的核心概念保持不变. 许多校友, 例如, fondly recall the impact of Upper School physics teacher Marc Shapiro's bridge-building project, 让葡京线上赌博大全对物理有一个具体的和真实的理解. 夏皮罗说, “最后, I don't want a student to maintain a 'unique perspective' that is contrary to the laws of physics. 而, 我希望他们能认清自己的观点, compare it to how they have found that nature actually works in our class investigations, 调整他们的理解
汉娜•沙利文, Upper School science teacher, appreciates the challenge of leaning into the concept. 她积极寻找机会跟随学生的兴趣, 以她的环境科学课程为例, 他们葡京线上赌博大全校园植物胆汁形成的问题导致了一项多年的研究. "What started as a last-minute lab to let students answer their own question of 'what's inside a gall?' turned into a complex investigation into parasitism and predation," Sullivan reflects. "My colleagues and I allow students to engage more fully in issues that we—as a global community—will need their knowledge and passion to solve, 比如气候变化. 以便对学生和环境产生真正的影响, 它必须是他们乐于参与的内容, 而不是要求. 葡京线上赌博大全可以启动它们 当他们还在MPA的时候."
Adapting curriculum to student interests can sometimes take a significant additional investment in time, 在准备和课堂实施中, but investigations that are driven by student interest are always the ones that the students take the most from.
在美术方面, 那里已经高度鼓励自我表达了吗, students are given a great deal of freedom to shape their learning experiences as individuals and as groups. 中学和高中的美术老师Renee Sonka提供了一个例子. "Each year, I have fifth grade students 认为 about what artistic advice they would give others. 葡京线上赌博大全把这些评论集称为“艺术宣言”.最初的, 他们的想法是显而易见的, but a good teacher's role is to guide them through a process that helps them tap into their creativity and articulate fresh ideas in their own voice, 为思考留出空间，超越常规界限. 葡京线上赌博大全以各种各样的想法来结束这个练习，包括:欣赏你的工作, 是积极的, 把你的时间, 尝试新事物, 是卑微的, 是活跃的, 使其数, 心存感激, 有信心, 出去, 投票, 不要停, 和更多的."
学生的声音对每个人来说都不一样. Sonka回忆, “看到所有的学生都在发展自己的艺术声音，这是令人满意的, it is particularly moving as a teacher to see a strong visual voice emerge from someone who is quiet, 口头上. 我想到了一个学生, 在课堂上和家里都很安静吗, 后来去了纽约的艺术学校. 作为一个高级, 她创作了一系列概念上和视觉上都很复杂的作品, 编织葡京线上赌博大全教育的有力陈述, 经济, 医疗保健, 人权, 能源, 环境, 艺术, 甚至是大学录取过程. 当她的父母看到她视觉思维的深度和广度时, 他们说, “哇, 她没有壁花!“所有的学生在找到自己真实的声音时都会改变, and educating the whole child means we recognize that some students are stronger communicators in languages that are non-verbal—in this 情况下,视觉."
因为学生们的声音，MPA推动了自己的创新. 他们会继续向葡京线上赌博大全展示新的东西, 葡京线上赌博大全所需要的, 以及他们在未来的教育中会用到什么.
学生们更专注于自己的学业 当他们的声音被听到时学习. 我倾听我的学生. 他们说的话真的改变了我的学习方向.
MPA's new Makerspace was the result of passionate students and educators who were driven to pursue top-notch experiential learning opportunities in technology. 多年来, MPA had winning LEGO League teams and other STEM initiatives inside and outside the school environment; but in 2011, shared desires to more formally invest in technology education and infrastructure converged.
This was at a time when students were suddenly able to teach themselves through online methods at an unstoppable pace. 13年的康纳·奥尔森和14年的布兰登·博伊尔找到了学院和行政部门, 请求支持成立FIRST Robotics团队. 这个团队需要足够多的感兴趣的学生, 一些工具和设备, 制造机器人的空间, 为比赛注册和, 最重要的是, 教师顾问. 妮可·柯恩, 技术老师和今天的创客空间协调员, 勇敢地走上前去迎接挑战. "I knew these kids had the drive, passion, and grit to make it happen," she recalls with a smile.
还有他们的指导老师，志愿者家长和导师, 学生们组队参赛, 建了一个实验室, 提高了15美元,000, 设计团队品牌, 制造了一个机器人. 他们获得了明尼苏达大学年度最佳新秀奖, because more than 10 percent of their high school peers belonged to the MPA Robotics Team. 每年都会, 团队变得更强大，更老练, 尽管学生们觉得自己是老大, 科恩控制着它们的爆炸性增长. 谁知道这也会成为她热爱的工作呢.
“快进到今天, 葡京线上赌博大全有一个蓬勃发展的机器人团队, 由马克·夏皮罗和阿里尔·基奇指导, 以及整个学校完整的机器人课程. 几年前我就不再做教练了,”她说, “但是我在球队的第一年的记忆将永远伴随着我。."
It was this experience that gave one of the Robotics Team founders 信心 to even further shape the school's technology environment. "Brendan always had a passion for expressing his creativity in unconventional ways," shares Koen. In 2013, Boyle gave an electric presentation at the MPA Spring Auction to raise money to build a state-of-the-art fabrication lab for students in all grade levels. Money raised that evening funded the 3-D printers that are now located in the Makerspace, 现在还包括广泛的技术和工具, 以及设计思维的创意空间, 并被所有年级使用.