March To Agency

Week 2

Agency at Hillcrest High School!

This week Beth Maxwell, Hillcrest High School Director, is documenting positive, neutral, and negative interactions between students and teachers during her classroom observations.

By figuring out where these possible micro-moments are already happening, Beth is able to get a written account of teacher comments reinforcing agency and know which classes she's most likely to capture these micro-moments on camera!

Great strategy coming from the home of the Screamin' Eagles!

Dr. Duckworth On Character Behaviors

Dr. Angela Duckworth is a professor and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania who has worked with Carol Dweck to learn more about growth mindset. Dr. Duckworth is probably most noteworthy for her coinage and research regarding "grit."

Do you want to know what your "grit score" is? Click here to take an online questionnaire on Dr. Duckworth's website.

Below is a short excerpt from an interview of Dr. Duckworth by Dave Levin regarding character behaviors, the behaviors students exhibit that may evidence the presence and development of agency.

What is a possible implication of the three "buckets" she describes?

Buckets of Character Behaviors

Remind Me, What Is The March To Agency?

At its core, March To Agency is a month-long video round-up campaign.

It's pretty simple: As you conduct classroom walkthroughs or observations this month, take a video camera, audio recording device, or just good ol' pen and paper with you.

When you see "micro-moments" of agency taking form, capture the interaction.

Remind Me, Why Are We Marching To Agency?

Agency is an essential attribute for students to develop in their growth toward self-promoting learners.

As we learn more about what agency is - a combination of demonstrating growth mindset and taking ownership for learning, we want to know what agency looks like in our classrooms. We also believe that sharing experiences is a powerful way to learn from others in our network.

Remind Me, How Do We March To Agency?

There are even more ways!

It's an easy four-step process:

  1. Be on the lookout for teachers having agency micro-moments with their students. You may have teachers who pass up potential micro-moments; share what you know about them with that teacher with the goal to capture and share one by the end of the month.
  2. Capture 2 to 5 minute videos, audio recordings, or written accounts (thanks, Beth!) of any micro-moments or potential micro-moments as you conduct walkthroughs and observations this month. Be sure you're able to capture the audio as well as the video, and as a friendly reminder, please follow your media release policy.
  3. Upload videos to your YouTube channel. Each New Tech Network account has a YouTube account associated with it. Make sure you're logged into Echo, pull up YouTube, and click the "Upload" button.
  4. Forward your video link to My additional contact information is below.

Set a goal to find, capture, and share micro-moments this month! No contribution is too small! You may shoot to capture one micro-moment this month, one per week, or even one per teacher!

Contact Me

Cody Whitesell

School Development Coach

Call, text, email, carrier pigeon, or snail mail any time!