Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Seven "C"s of Student Agency

For the past academic year, the teachers in Sioux City Community School District have been studying "Growth Mindset, a New Psychology of Success", by Carol Dweck.  As we finish the year, I have found myself wondering, "What is the point of a book study, unless it impacts our classroom practice?" 

We do not think ourselves into new ways of teaching.
Yet, we can teach ourselves into new ways of thinking.

Just like our students:  it's not just about what we know.  It's about what we are able to do.  

For me, the Growth Mindset "Aha!" occurred when I made this connection:
Student Engagement  +  Growth Mindset  =  Student Agency

Recent work in brain-based learning has demonstrated that student agency (voice and choice) is critical to the neuro-chemical processes that support learning.  
There may be 4 "C"s of 21st Century learning (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Collaboration).  However, there are 7 "C"s of Teaching which develop student agency. 

Read the study yourself, HERE.



Reference:  The Influence of Teaching Beyond Standardized Test Scores:  Engagement, Mindsets and Agency, http://www.agi.harvard.edu/projects/TeachingandAgency.pdf


How many of the 7 "C"s of Student Agency do I bring to my classroom?  Watch the teachers (and students!) in the video below, and see if you can identify any of the 7 "C"s of Student Agency as you listen in on their conversations, and watch them in their classrooms.