’m fine’ said the child, although the map was too small….
How often have you heard these words from a child?
How often do you say these words when someone asks you how you are?
How often do you take the answer ‘I’m fine’ from a child when you ask, ‘Can you see the map? Can you hear the question? Do you understand what to do?’
How easy do you think it is for a child to say out loud if they can’t see, hear, or understand? Reacting to something taking place in class, without feeling anxious or different……
I often asked ‘How can we listen to the voice of the child in a meaningful way?
To address this, a number of years ago I developed and designed the very successful Easy-Easier Learner's Voice (Trademarked) Resource, simple and powerful in its approach to listening, analysing and responding to the child's voice.
Measuring progress and success is built into this approach and enables the child to recognise autonomy and competency leading to a greater sense of belonging. In response to the return to school, a new set of statements have now been added to the existing 16 sets of statements. This new set considers the things that the child may want to find easier on their return to school. Rather than school work specifically it looks at elements linked to Maslow's first level of need. Statement sets include: Vision Impairement, Post 17, independent living skills, social skills, looking after my appearance, assistive technology