March To Agency
"Macro-Structures" Of Agency
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?
Remind Me, What Is The March To Agency?
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?
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Forward your video link to email@example.com. 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!