Learner Choice, Learner Voice
A Teacher’s Guide to Promoting Agency in the Classroom
Learner Choice, Learner Voice offers fresh, forward-thinking supports for teachers creating an empowered, student-centered classroom. Learner agency is a major topic in today’s schools, but what does it mean in practice, and how do these practices give students skills and opportunities they will need to thrive as citizens, parents, and workers in our ever-shifting climate? Showcasing authentic activities and classrooms, this book is full of diverse instructional experiences that will motivate your students to take an agile, adaptable role in their own learning. This wealth of pedagogical ideas – from specific to open-ended, low-tech to digital, self-expressive to collaborative, creative to critical – will help you discover the transformative effects of providing students with ownership, agency, and choice in their learning journeys.
Table of Contents
1. What is Student Agency?, 2. The Empowerers of Empowerment, 3. The Digital Generations and the Great Disconnect, 4. Rise of the Creative Class, 5. Modern Learners, Modern Skills, 6. The List, 7. Authentic Assessment for Authentic Learning, 8. The Best of Both Worlds: Providing Student Empowerment in the Age of High-Stakes Learning
Ryan L. Schaaf is Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University and a graduate faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Education at John Hopkins University, USA.
Becky Zayas is a middle school teacher at Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Ian Jukes is Founder of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm based in Canada and New Zealand.