Set up your own Student Voice Photo Booth
Participating in the photo booth is easy. We want to hear from students, teachers, parents, and others from across the country. Individuals can submit photos using the submit page.
If you want to set up a Student Voice Photo Booth as an activity for a group, check out the list of tips below.
Space and set up
You will need a table for participants to write signs on
Prompts to get participants thinking about how student voice positively impacts classrooms and learning. Examples: "Student voice improves academic achievement by..." or "When I have a voice in my class, I can tell my teacher..." or "Without student voice..."
Put up examples of how signs should look, emphasizing clear, readable lettering and size
If possible, find an area with an interesting background, like a mural, a classroom, or somewhere outdoors
Generating meaningful responses
If this will be the first time your group talks about student voice, it will be helpful to have a discussion about the importance of student voice before getting started. There are several great resources online to help guide your discussion. Visit our publications page, or check out these free resources: SoundOut.org
There are no wrong answers, but if we are making the case for student voice to school administrators, we need to be specific. Avoid general answers like "Student voice is important because students are the future"
The photo booth is part of a larger movement to give students the opportunity to provide feedback to their teachers and to be involved in the evaluation of teachers. If your school or district has policies that give students these opportunities, this is an excellent place to reflect on those experiences. If your group is working to get these policies passed, or considering working toward that end, this is a great way to build youth and adult buy-in by getting them to envision a system that embraces and trusts the voices, instincts, and wisdom of young people.
Materials you will need:
- Light colored paper. We think white, cream, and pastel colored cover stock work best. Avoid using notebook paper or anything too brightly colored because it is difficult to read. The thickness of cover stock makes it indoor/outdoor ready and double-sided
- Black markers with a medium sized tip. Avoid colors other than black because they are difficult to read
- Scrap paper to use for practice
- Signs and prompts (see "Space and set up" for prompt ideas)