March To Agency

Week 5

"Macro-Structures" Of Agency

We've talked about micro-moments of agency in student-teacher interactions, but are micro-moments just happenstance? No, micro-moments often times exist because of a larger, planned macro-structure.


Dave Levin, in the Relay GSE MOOC Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms, defines macro-structures as "any intentionally created structure, system, or routine that, explicitly or implicitly, is designed to teach character."


Below, Dave briefly describes four elements of a macro-structure. As you visit classes on observations or walkthroughs, where are you seeing macro-structures of agency?

Macro-Structures Elements

Remind Me!

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 cwhitesell@newtechnetwork.org. 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!

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Cody Whitesell

School Development Coach


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