StudentLed Meetings Empowering Student Voice
gt;gt;Alec: When I get in arguments with mypeers, it's really hard for me to like, say I'm wrong or apologize. That's why I was like, wondering if youguys have any tips, because like, it's gt;gt;Dan St. Louis: Because our studentsparticipate in studentled meetings, they have a sense ofagency in their own life. They gain the skillsto make good decisions in school and outside of school. gt;gt;Alec: So I think I needto improve in this area.
gt;gt;Lynnel Reed: So often, in anythingthat you do in education, in life, students always feel like, quot;Oh, adultsare always saying their opinion. I don't have a voice. I never have any say.quot; So part of what we do withthe studentled meetings is, they get a chance to say what theirconcerns are, how they see things. gt;gt;Alec: Welcome, everyone. gt;gt;Dan St. Louis: Alec led hisown meeting today and we bring
in all the teachers, me, parents, tosay, here are some strengths of mine and here are some challengesthat I need help with. gt;gt;Alec: I'm very happy that they decidedto have everybody in the same room, because it allows all of usto get all on the same page. gt;gt;Like my schoolwork and tests andstuff is pretty good, but when it comes to homework, it's really bad. gt;gt;Homework really hurtmy grades this quarter, so that's something Ireally need to improve.
gt;gt;The second I get home, I don't feel like doing anything elseinvolving school. gt;gt;Kaitlin Kelley: They're notmaking up what's going to happen in this meeting on the spot, right. That's intimidating. Instead, he's got this structureddocument, with things he's proud of, things he needs to work on, specificsteps that he's going to take. gt;gt;Lynnel Reed: So they come upwith their steps and their goals,
and what they want to work on andwhat they may need support with. gt;gt;Alec: For me, it's actually beingable to sit down and get it done, because once I sit down and getit done, it's going to get done. Getting started is the hardestpart for me, so I could stay after and do my homework before I go home. gt;gt;Kathy Murphy: For mom and dad, whena student stays with me, I write a note and I say, quot;Alec stayedtoday until three thirty. He did a great job working on his PAL.quot;
So that way, there's goodcommunication back and forth. gt;gt;Jennifer: I think it's about himhaving to set goals for himself and for us to give him thebest tools to work with so that he can accomplish those goals. gt;gt;Chad: And then you'd be ableto see yourself in a new light, which only gives youmore of that confidence. gt;gt;The fact that he has, you know, eightor nine, ten adults for these meetings to actually get on the same page andsay, quot;Look, we recognize you're here.