Student Agency

Welcome to our IB corner, this week I want to explain Student Agency. Have you heard of it, maybe your child has used the words? Read below to help you understand more plus the importance of it for students in order to develop into life-long learners.

What is Student Agency?

Effective schools build a culture where students and teachers work together. In essence, Student Agency refers to the level of independence a student has in the classroom. Student Agency and Voice are intrinsically connected. Agency gives the students power to direct their learning and take responsibility for it. Voice allows the student to be heard as an active learner, this encourages engagement, participation, leadership and learning.
Voice
• students question, guide and direct learning
• students share ideas and take action
• students participate in decision making

Choice
• students co-construct learning goals
• students make informed choices
• students take risks and take responsibility for their learning

Ownership
• teachers offer choice and help develop personalised learning goals
• students reflect on own learning goals
• students ideas are supported throughout planning and taking action