Agency

There was a buzz in our space today.  It started like this…

SIT WITH YOUR LAB GROUPS OF FOUR

1 Smart Notebook page that looks like this…

  •           USING THE BUTCHER BLOCK PAPER AT YOUR WORK STATIONS, USE BOTH VISUAL LITERACY AND WRITTEN TEXT TO INNOVATIVELY AND EFFECTIVELY TEACH YOUR AUDIENCE (MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE AND ADULTS) THE FOLLOWING…
  • WHAT AND WHERE ARE THE PLATES (AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT PLATE  INFORMATION USEFUL TO YOUR AUDIENCE’S UNDERSTANDING)?
  • WHAT AND WHERE ARE PLATE BOUNDRIES AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT (AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT PLATE  INFORMATION USEFUL TO YOUR AUDIENCE’S UNDERSTANDING)?
  • DEFINE AND MEANINGFULLY INTEGRATE THE VOCABULARY WORDS (ON OUR BLACKBOARD 9 SITE).
  • DESIGN, SKETCH, DISCUSS, COLLABORATE, DELEGATE, LISTEN TO OTHERS, FIND YOUR OWN VOICE, LEARN

We set the timer for 45 minutes and off they went.  I sat back this time, because Yetta Goodman and Ted DeMille taught me how to kidwatch, and was glad that I did.  I saw  six pods of 6th graders, (4 to a pod) gathering materials, setting their tables for inquiry, talking, helping, researching, digging in, dipping out, discussing, laughing, helping, encouraging…engaged.  They were critical thinkers and they were honest, they were sometimes frustrated, and many of them compromised…and they were practicing, practicing, practicing the skills and strategies adults use each and every day.  It is this kind of professional (and sometimes recreational) work with my own colleagues that inspires me, causes me to question, pause, think, rethink, and is often transforming.

And so I watched them.  For quite a while actually, and was impassioned by their ability to move through an inquiry process with such agency!  I really began to understand agency today.  More and more lately THEY go home more tired than ME!  I love that!

And by the time I got home tonight there was a roaring fire in the fireplace while the snow piled up thick, wet and elephant-heavy outside.  SOL was a perfect end to a perfect day as a teacher!

 

 

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About bwartzen

I am a middle school literacy teacher in a K-8 STEM Charter school in Waukesha, WI
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One Response to Agency

  1. MaryHelen says:

    Observation is so educating. I love the way you captured their energy and work and named it: engaged. Glad the learning day was super for you.

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