3 Keys To Supporting Learner Agency

Steven WeberBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Learner Agency involves students setting goals, reflecting, and applying skills in new contexts, with productive struggle enhancing retention and deeper understanding. Scaffolding, Project-Based Learning, and amplifying student voice through interactive methods are key strategies to foster learner agency and self-regulation. Focusing on employability skills such as analytical thinking, creativity, and resilience, education must shift to more engaging, independent, and … Read More

Genius Hour: Your Solution to Student Engagement

Janel SebenyBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Genius Hour is a powerful way to keep students engaged and excited. By allowing students to explore their passions, conduct research, and create something meaningful, Genius Hour unleashes their potential and fosters a love for learning. Reflecting on the experience and sharing their projects with others enhances students’ self-awareness, growth, and presentation skills. Genius Hour provides a high-engagement unit … Read More

Learner Agency: Teaching The Art of Agility

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better, Teach Further

TL;DR: Learner agency empowers students through student voice, choice, innovation, and authentic tasks, allowing them to take ownership of their learning. Teachers can create opportunities for learner agency by implementing strategies such as project-based learning, arts education, communication, problem-solving, and reflection. Learner agency enables students to set goals, reflect on their progress, and transfer their understanding in new situations, developing … Read More

Mental Health Awareness: 3 Key Ways to Be There for Students

William AndresenBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Students need to feel visible and cared for. Say “hi” to each student, by name, every day. Educators who do this will create a small, but tangible and meaningful reminder for students that they are visible and cared for. Cheer students on. As educators, we have a wonderful opportunity to show up, demonstrate our interest in them as people, … Read More

Connection Over Compliance

Robin ShrumBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Student engagement goes beyond compliance and involves attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion for learning. Authentic engagement requires establishing connections with students to create a safe and supportive learning environment. Strategies for fostering connection in the classroom include showing genuine interest in students, providing choice and voice, conducting morning meetings, being intentional in planning, incorporating real-life connections to content, … Read More