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Agency is the use of one’s own will and initiative to take responsibility and ownership of learning.  It acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of the individual, supporting voice, choice and ownership for everyone in the learning community.  Students with agency influence and direct their own learning. Through personal initiative, students express interest and wonderings, make choices and are aware of their learning goals. They are actively engaged, and monitor and adjust their learning as needed. Students offer feedback to others and consult on decisions that affect them. In school, students take responsibility for their learning and collaborate with teachers and other students to plan, present and assess learning needs.


Teachers support agency by:

  • personalizing learning
  • creating learning environments to support social, physical and emotional well-being
  • creating a culture of respect
  • collaborating and co-constructing learning and learning goals.
 

At the core of agency lies action that is authentic, meaningful, mindful, responsible and responsive. Action could be:

  • a change in attitude
  • a consideration or plan for action in the future
  • a demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for self, others and the environment
  • a commitment to leading or participating in a youth advocacy group
  • an engagement in school decision-making or an expression of support in the community or local and global decision-making.

 

Action might come in the form of participation, advocacy, social justice, social entrepreneurship or life choices. The following examples outline how students take personal and collective action as part of their learning, both within and beyond school (in response to local and global challenges and opportunities).

Participation 

  • Taking responsibility for personal learning and actions.
  • Contributing to discussion and learning experiences
  • Taking part in decision-making
  • Becoming involved in community projects

Advocacy

  • Supporting peers in the learning community
  • Sharing ideas
  • Presenting reasonable arguments on the behalf of others
  • Organizing or participating in a campaign for change

Social Justice

  • Exploring issues of fairness from different perspectives
  • Being aware of and inquiring into the challenges/opportunities of the local and global community
  • Volunteering in response to community needs
  • Reflecting on ethical consequences of potential decisions/actions

Social Entrepreneurship

  • Designing, planning, and developing models and solutions to address issues
  • Connecting with businesses, organizations, and community partners to support local and global projects
  • Initiating and maintaining projects that have positive impact on the community
    • Peer tutoring
    • Recycling systems
    • School clubs

Social Justice

  • Exploring issues of fairness from different perspectives
  • Being aware of and inquiring into the challenges/opportunities of the local and global community
  • Volunteering in response to community needs
  • Reflecting on ethical consequences of potential decisions/actions

*PYP: From Principles into Practice, International Baccalaureate, October 2018.