Now I have started to bring visuals into the whole hub through our Achieving Agency wall. As a hub team we wanted to bring our 'Caught Being' wall to life and integrate the aspects of Agency to get the learners using the language of learning and link it to our learner qualities.
We have used our Agency Language of learning and linked them to each of our learner qualities then I created visuals to go along with this concept. My other hub member has created an online game to go hand in hand with the visuals, adhering to various cognitive functions across the whole hub.
This is an example of my modelling book that shows how I can link any area of the curriculum to the aspects of Agency using the visuals. The more I model and use the vocabulary the more this will build up the understanding in the learners to use independently.
Posts have been put on hold recently as I have been setting up my Preventative Planning Programme. However, while reflecting on my approach to teaching the support learners and speaking with other educators on my recent training programme, the need for us to empathise with our learners is becoming more and more evident.
So, this image is my way of putting everything I have been researching into a diagram to best show how I have been planning using visuals.
Empathising with our learner's cognitive functions by planning for abstract learning through concrete visuals to enable higher thinking and agency.
I have put this is into my diagram as I believe it sums up exactly what I have been trying to achieve in my planning. This is the key goal that I am trying to achieve as part of my Preventative Planning Programme because by planning for the visuals, resources and intentional questioning I have been enabling my learners to access higher level thinking and abstract concepts. They have been able to drive their own learning because I have looked at their cognitive needs and planned resources that will enable them to be agentic and take action independently instead of relying on support to achieve their goal for the lesson.
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.