The aim of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) is that students will acquire ownership of a deep-rooted set of attributes that will provide the foundation for all their future endeavors.
Agency the power to take meaningful and intentional action, and acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of the individual, supporting voice, choice and ownership for everyone in the learning community.
Agency is a shift towards a greater emphasis of providing more deliberate autonomy for our students, thus developing leadership. This form of leadership can be viewed as deliberate, independent decision making for one’s own success or leading synergistically within a group.
At K.R. Mangalam world School we promote Agency in our curriculum. It is basically when our students have ownership of their own learning and action that comes from that learning. Our job is to facilitate opportunities with their learning that enable more active participation for the kids.
Purpose of Agency "THE WHY FACTOR"
- In a learner-centered environment there is a lot more student participation with reflection and responsibility.
- The children identify and set their own goals, help to choose their own differentiated activities and reflect upon how well they have met their goals.
- It is more of a partnership as students design the projects and engagements along the lines of inquiry, driven by their curiosity and interest.
- The teacher becomes the facilitator of the learning and assessment, monitoring the action, the progress and checking in with the kids.
Student Action in an Agentive environment looks like….
Taking A Risk
Lots of Reflection
Promoting International Mindedness
A spirit of International mindedness teaches students to celebrate different languages, cultures, histories, literature, food, clothing and religion. It also prepares them to accept different learning styles along with the strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes of others.
It teaches them to have an open mind and follow the IB mission of ‘ understanding that other people with their differences can also be right.’
Build independent, life-long learners
The PYP believes that learning is an endless journey and focuses on making students life-long learners. Students are engaged meaningfully to develop thinking, research, communication, social and self-management skills to build themselves as independent learners.