from "Learner Agency" a section from "The Learner" in "PYP: From Principles Into Practice"
The idea of agency is closely connected to self-efficacy, a belief in one's own ability to succeed. When learners believe in themselves and have a strong sense of identity, they are more likely to exercise agency.
When students are agentive, they:
- Take initiative, responsibility & ownership
- Express interest
- Make choices
- Are aware of their own learning goals
- Monitor and adjust their learning
- Voice opinions
- Influence and direct their own learning
- Develop approaches to learning & dispositions
- Make decisions together
- Create shared agreements
- Create shared routines
- Set up learning spaces
- Reflect together
- Working in partnership, building relationship
- Actively listening
- Respecting and responding to learner ideas
- Noticing learners’ capabilities, needs and interests
- Reflecting on when students need help, intervening & giving feedback
- Establishing a welcoming culture
- Modeling desired behavior and language
- Students and teachers collaboratively creating learning engagements and assessments.
- Students setting learning goals and monitoring progress.
- Students fostering their own belief in themselves and their own ability to succeed.
- Students being active, engaged participants in thinking and learning.
After reading the Learner Agency section of the IB document "PYP: From Principles Into Practice", I'm inspired to take ACTION!
- I will ADVOCATE for learner agency in my school by
- Modeling what learner agency looks like for teachers during PD
- Celebrating agentive learning when I see it by documenting it through pictures and videos on Twitter
- Asking reflective questions in situations when learners are not exercising agency