I've been asked a few times how do you do learner agency. I thought I'd share my response:
Yeah so "Learner agency." It is a mindset as much as it is a practical idea. Learner agency is embedded in self-determination theory. And inside this, is self-regulation and motivation. So how teachers set up student workflows (learning tasks) for this is happen is:
- student voice comes first - what drives them? What fires them up? What are they passionate about?
- choice. You negotiate learning tasks: must do can do lists, tic tac toe (students choose three tasks out of nine to complete) etc. Learners should take more responsibility over the design of "must do / can dos" the older they get.
You need to spend time scaffolding how to learn, choosing challenging tasks, and what to do when you don't know what to do.
Create a rubric together. Unpack the dispositions on all levels.
Recommended viewing / reading:
The why? Education 3.0: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pXi_XiMH6CI
I hope this will get you started anyways...