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Wk 2 - Agency in our learning [Feb. 28, 2012, 4:47 p.m.]


Today's world is marked by constant change. How do we prepare our students and even ourselves for a future world that is sure to be very different from today.

An important part of 21st century skills or habits of mind is being self-directed lifelong learners. We want our students to have agency as learners, to act independently in pursuing their own learning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu2Aqcyp3qo&t=19s

Choose one or more of these discussion prompts to think and write about this week:

  • What does "learner agency" mean -- for our students and for us as teachers?
  • What "habits of mind" do we try to encourage in our students? Do those apply to us as teachers? How are we also learners?
  • How do we become the kinds of learners we seek in our students?
  • How can we create agency for ourselves as teachers?
  • How does passive learning (e.g. lurking in online spaces) differ from active learning (e.g. engaged participation)?
  • What role if any do peers and communities of practice have in this kind of self-directed learning process? 
  • Is there, in addition to habits of mind, some structure that is needed for self-directed learning to blossom? Could we create a template/table of contents of sorts, to help ourselves plan, carry out, and reflect on our own learning?