Amping up Agency Blog Series

ICYMI: Amping Up Agency Blog Series Recap

Amping Up Agency Blog Series IMage (a microphone that says "amplify student voices!")

We’ve had an incredible week learning about student agency with the TWT Co-Authors. Review this week’s posts here, or bookmark this “ICYMI” post for later reference!

  • Student agency is one of Melanie’s favorite topics, so it’s only fitting that she kicked off the series on Sunday with a reminder that agency involves working towards something with a goal or intention in mind. Click here to read the three powerful questions that Melanie’s former principal used to assess student agency.
  • Stacey provided us with some important language to promote student agency. Her post is loaded with links and helpful handouts. Be sure to download and save these helpful resources!
  • Morgan’s post reminded us of the importance of choice, including topics, genres, processes, and more!
  • Amy shared some incredible picture books that teach and support student agency. Be sure to peruse her list for some new titles to add to your classroom library!
  • Jenna reminded us of practical tools that support student independence, even for the Kindergarteners in Jenna’s class! Click here to learn how alphabet charts, word walls and sound walls, paper choices, and organization systems all promote agency in the writing classroom.
  • Self-assessment is a meaningful area to empower students to take charge of their own writing, and Beth shared some tips you can try tomorrow in this post.
  • Sarah’s post challenged teachers and students to continue writing outside of the classroom. When writers have true autonomy, they are motivated to continue their work at home!

Thank you for following along with us this week. The work you are doing to support student agency in writing workshop will produce more motivated, unique, and skilled writers. We want to hear how it goes! Come back and comment on a blog post, Facebook post, or tweet at the author to share how you applied these ideas to your classroom. 

Each comment on this week’s posts was entered into a drawing to win Engaging Literate Minds: Developing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives, K–3 by Peter H. Johnston, Kathy Champeau, Andrea Hartwig, Sarah Helmer, Merry Komar, Tara Krueger, and Laurie McCarthy. Thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for donating a copy to one lucky commenter!

The winner of our giveaway is Chelsee, who commented on Melanie’s post. Happy reading, Chelsee!