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Voice Over: 200 Children’s Voices. Year two. What I like to learn.
Children’s voices: I like making experiments. And we had to make a boat out of Play-Doh. We had to try to make it not sink. We had to carve it so to make it in a boat shape.
I like writing. I like to write about stuff in my imagination because I have a good imagination. It’s because I play games a lot, and I read books. So it makes my imagination get bigger.
I believe writing music and listening to music.
I really was liking this class because we were starting to do lots of spelling tests, and I was really happy.
I like PE because sport is really my only thing I can do.
We did an i-Math investigation where we got to make our own game. You had to get lots of money. And first– and you make your own rules about it.
I made my bookmark, and it looked like it was on the computer, but it wasn’t. I was so proud of myself. [WHISPERING] –when I was going back to class.
Voice Over: How I learn.
Children’s Voices: I think learning is when someone stands in front of you, and tells you what to do, tells you what to write and stuff.
If you’re interested in something, you really want to do it, and you’re really focused, and your really happy about what you’re doing.
Thinking by yourself.
You just use your listening ears, and using your eyes.
By practicing again and again.
I think using your mouth and your brain is really good because you can give feedback. And if you give feedback to another person, they can learn things. And then they will learn a thing. And they’ll give feedback to you. And you can learn another thing.
But it doesn’t really matter if you get it wrong or right, it’s just about having fun and trying your hardest.
If you don’t make mistakes– this is a bit funny– but you actually are like a robot.
Voice Over: What makes a good teacher?
Children’s Voices: They can teach you what you need to a lot, and the ones that you’re really good at, not a lot. She’s very fun to play with, and she always helps me with my reading.
My perfect would teacher make everything fair.
Children learn the best by listening and having very experienced teachers.
I think they should take in some of the students’ ideas of what to do and how to do it.
I think it would be good if the kids got to teach because they might know something that the teacher doesn’t know. And they would get a chance to share what they know with the class and the teacher.
Voice Over: Making schools better.
Children’s Voices: They should have a big playground, because if you had a small one, all the children, they would have lots of energy to them, and they would be bouncing off the walls in the classroom.
I would turn the office into lots of shining gold. All the classes would be made out of chocolate, and the library would be really, really, really, really, really colorful.
Voice Over: Things that help me learn.
Children’s Voices: The thing that helps me learn the most is basically anything that’s technology. It also helps me to learn by getting out of my chair, being active.
You could learn at school, in the playground, and at home. If you’re Auntie had chickens, she could teach you about how to feed them, how to get the eggs.
Sometimes my mind is a bit lost, and I can’t really think, or I can’t really concentrate. And my friends talk me through what you’re supposed to do.
I like learning maths by myself, and trying to figure them out by myself, because if I’m working with someone, they normally always give me the answers. They never give me time to think.
To help me learn is usually books and technology. You can go on to Google, find out stuff, and there’s books about literally everything. Books rule our world.
Children enjoy problem solving, experimenting and inventing. They like being active, imaginative and being part of a team. Whether it’s sport, science, art or maths, above all other aspects of learning, children value having choices. We know this because we have done our homework.
Listen! 200 Children’s Voices is a series of filmed conversations with children aged between three and eight years old talking about what, where, and how they like to learn. The Griffith Institute for Educational Research and the department’s Metropolitan region conducted the study which focused on the importance of listening to children’s ideas about their own education. You can view more of the videos here.