Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How do you do learner agency?

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.

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The how: 

I hope this will get you started anyways...

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