As a team we have been building our knowledge around what we think agency is and pulling together all the different ideas of the hubs, looking at common phrases and coming up with a shared definition of Agency.
Agency is….the power and capacity to affect change in my world.
So we brought the teachers together and we decided to share this definition but we also wanted them to see that as a school we were already doing so many things to get the children to become agentic and our Graduate Profile had lots of ways that encouraged agentic learning.
So we gave the teachers time to reflect on what they had chosen to focus on as their Inquiry and make connections to build agency into this. We wanted to plant the seed of what agency is and allow them to see that it is not something new we are just looking for them to have a deeper understanding of agency and plan for it intentionally within their hubs.
During the meeting we realised there were some staff who had wonderings and thinkings about this. So, we arranged meetings to support and discuss this further and build teacher voice to reflect on when we meet as a team to discuss how we can support Agency across the school even more.
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.