#THE-CHEMISTRY-OF-LEARNING - TEACHER AGENCY

Have you ever thought about the learning grapple that your students experience on a daily basis? For some, its a grapple every day, in every lesson.  How exhausting must that be?

I've been reflecting and thinking about the learners I have had in my classes over the last 20 years, and I have come to the conclusion that the learners in any classroom fall into four broad categories that a teacher can use to inform decisions about how best to support a student and grow their learner agency. These headings are very broad and are not intended to be taken literally.

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Tabitha Leonard
#THE-CHEMISTRY-OF-LEARNING - STUDENT AGENCY

Yesterday we ran the first ever T3 - Teacher Think Tank. Educators from five schools came together to Un-think | Re-think | Out-think what student agency means for their students in their context.

Student agency is about the actions that learners need to take to keep learning happening. Maintaining the process of making connections and the making of meaning to enable learning. To achieve this, learners need to truly know and understand themselves. Learners need to be able to identify WHY they are learning WHAT they are learning and identify what support they need to enable that learning.
Learners who have high levels of agency are able to manage the learning grapple. Agentic learners are able to drive their learning.
 

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Tabitha Leonard
#Deepen-Teacher-Inquiry - #Curiosity

Now, why is curiosity important?  When I unpack learning with teachers, the one word that comes up every time and as always ranked at the top of a list of essential elements of learning and something that’s important to nurture and engage is curiosity.
I wonder why that is?
Curiosity is the precursor to learning. Curiosity is the thing that helps build connections for learners between 'what I know now' and 'what I am learning now'. Curiosity facilitates the making of the meaning of what we are learning. Curiosity is REALLY important to deepen learning. To enable learning that sticks!

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Tabitha Leonard
#Deepen-teacher-inquiry - Ah-ha Moments Continued...

Last week I shared four teacher Ah-ha moments. curated from the previous twelve months. Ah-ha moments that have been a result of the work we have done together.
 
For me, it is about empowering teachers and leaders to innovate within their practice - to facilitate student learning in a way that grows the capability of the learner - to develop all-around learners and learning.

Through Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Teachers question - with curiosity - students about their learning so that gaps in the learning can be identified and filled. All done to help a student grow in their learning to reach certain milestones.

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Tabitha Leonard
#Deepen-teacher-inquiry - Ah-ha Moments

Spring has sprung! It is time for fresh eyes. A re-lense. To energize to action and empower to change.

I would like to recognise and thank my avid readers.  To those of you who I have crossed paths in person, thank you for your encouragement and positive feedback. I love that you have gained value out of the weekly delivery to your email inbox. 

This week, I think its time for a celebratory post.
I would like to share with you four ah-ha moments teachers - and leaders - have had as a result of the work we have done together to Deepen Teacher Inquiry.

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Tabitha Leonard
Deepen Teacher Inquiry Series - Part 28


"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. ”
Winston Churchill

 

The final phase of an inquiry is the evaluate phase. The phase in which teachers evaluate what they know about the impact of their inquiry on students learning. A place where they are collaborative, see trends and do the analysis.

During the evaluate phase teachers are involved in analysing and reflecting. To evaluate is to analyse and reflect.

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Tabitha Leonard