Agency

It’s Time to Trash the Terms “Non-Cogs” and “Soft Skills” | NextGen Learning

http://nextgenlearning.org/blog/it%E2%80%99s-time-trash-terms-%E2%80%9Cnon-cogs%E2%80%9D-and-%E2%80%9Csoft-skills%E2%80%9D

Agency fits the bill on at least two important levels:

  • It encompasses the self-efficacy and -management capacities that our standards-era, No Excuses-driven focus on ELA and math proficiency has overlooked. (See how the Council of Chief State School Officers uses the term at the top of its list of “Dispositions” required for college, career, and citizenship readiness.) Students particularly need agency to thrive in what is becoming a global, 21st-century, free-agent economy.
  • It embodies ownership and deep engagement – the pillars on which virtually all of the new models of personalized, next gen learning schools are being designed and built. (See how Eduardo Briceño, Co-Founder & CEO of Carol Dweck’s shop Mindset Works, describes the importance of student agency in High Tech High’s Unboxed journal.)”

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