We’re a Family: Fostering Community Through Boy Voice and Choice

  • Boy Voice and Choice (2019-20)

In October 2019, eleven Grade 7 boys participated in the planning, drafting, and creation of a School Survival Guide, all of which took place during a series of 15-minute Advisory periods. I examined the degree to which a student-centered task not only facilitated positive relationship-building, but also how collective agency over the content and completion of the guide promoted a sense of belonging within the group. As a result of the project, the boys developed greater self-awareness, a strong connection to the group, and a belief in the power that a group can wield when given an arena for authentic and unencumbered self-expression.