If children are to succeed and progress at school, schools and teachers need to understand how children experience the classroom. What do they think? How does school make them feel? This book brings together the author’s work on children’s classroom experiences in a variety of contexts. The author uses student voice to show what children think of classrooms, tasks, tests and exams, and how this impacts their experience of schooling. Can the classroom experience be transformative for children’s life chances, or is it a trap? Schools and teachers need to take account of student perspectives in the primary school to make it the best experience possible.
Chapter 1: Children’s Experiences of Classrooms: Why They Matter
Children’s Experiences of Classrooms: Why They Matter
During a visit to a year 5 classroom in which we had asked children their views about classroom learning, Sara expressed her appreciation for being asked what she thought:
‘I’m very, very joyful as this is the first time someone has come into our classroom and asked me my opinion. I am REALLY joyful! I am almost flying! I LOVE YOU! (Sara, year 5)’
This book starts with children like Sara. Children like Sara are the focus of this book. The book, and the children’s words within it, owe their existence to many children like Sara who have sat and talked, often in classrooms, and shared their experiences about classrooms. This book takes ...