This collection of strategies and resources are bundled together to help educators who are interested in developing student mindsets for deeper learning. The grade levels intended for these teaching tools vary from 4th-8th grade. CraftED’s strategies included are intended to be used across projects and classes (meaning they are not content specific).
Underlying these resources are the following beliefs:
1) Agency includes a set of skills that must be explicitly taught.
2) These skills can and should be embedded into course content.
3) Ongoing reflection is integral to building student agency muscles/super powers.
4) By using these resources continuously, students will eventually develop habits and later demeanors of deeper learners.
Suggested Implementation Sequence:
1. Strategy: Super Agent Profile
This strategy introduces students to vocabulary related to agency, and therefore is best used at the beginning of the school year, semester or even unit/project/task. This strategy allows a class to collectively identify an ideal “super agent” for them to reflect upon often. This strategy can also evolve into a class poster/chart to serve as an ongoing visual reminder of these identified traits and skills.
2. Strategy: Agency Station
This strategy serves as a tutorial to help set up a designated space in the classroom where students can go when they need additional support to help develop their agency muscles/super powers. “support” in this space can range from quiet reflection, thinking frames, to tangible resources.
*Note: posters included in the agency station strategy will be emailed to customers separately.
3. Strategy: Goal Setting
Developing and reflecting upon goals helps keeps students aware of what they are working toward and also develops ownership over their learning. This strategy can be used at the beginning of any unit/project/lesson or class time. This strategy can also exist in your agency station.
4. Strategy: Mindset Thinking Frames
As mentioned previously, ongoing reflection is critical to develop student agency muscles/superpowers. These thinking frames can be used at any point during a lesson, project or class. These can be used as exit tickets, journals, warm-ups or discussion prompts. This resources can also exist in our agency station.
5. Resource: Getting Unstuck
This strategy is best used in the middle of an open-ended task, project or unit. In the midst of this work students may face multiple “stick points” in which they will need support to move forward. As the teacher you can likely anticipate when these will happen and use this strategy to helps students move forward with agency. This stagey can also exist in your agency station.
6. Strategy: My Favorite Fail
This strategy is best used at the conclusion of a task, project or unit. This strategy aids in further supporting the skill of reflection, but also creating a culture that celebrates failure, in hopes of inspiring students to take risks and think creatively. This strategy can also exist in your agency station.