“Unleashing students to tackle real-world problems unlocks limitless possibilities for their learning and the impact they can make in their communities (and around the world).”
Connie Liu, Founder and Director, Project Invent, It's Time to Call Upon Young People to Help Rebuild and Transform Our Communities
Agency is not a new concept. It is linked to choice and to self-efficacy – the belief in one’s effectiveness in performing specific tasks. And it is not something we as teachers need to give but rather, create room for.
This graphic illustrates what a dynamic outcome of agency could look like:
In order for these demonstrations of action to occur, learners need an environment in which agency is valued, prioritized, and planned for.