March 22, 2012
On March 6th and 7th Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School held Student Advisory Panel focus group discussions in the school Library. The purpose of the OLHMS Student Advisory Panel was to provide our student body an organized structure to communicate their perspective on various aspects that constitute our school community. The Student Advisory Panel advised teachers and administrators on policies, procedures, and programs affecting students at OLHMS. We believe that through hearing the voice of our students we will become better informed to improve our practices and perspectives as educators.
Based on the information we collected from our students we deduced that middle school students expect the following 5 “Big Idea” Concepts from their learning experiences:
1. To be engaged learners
5. To be apart of something bigger than themselves
We felt our students did an excellent job of supporting their positions with both reason and factual evidence. We benefited greatly from listening to the voices of our students, and hope to use this valuable information to inform our decisions as a middle school in creating the best possible learning environment for our students. Please consider responding to my blog and providing us some of your thoughts on our Student Advisory Panel feedback at OLHMS.