By making an effort to personalise instruction based on the needs of the individual student, we give each student at One World International School a voice. They have the opportunity to express which type of instructional method works best for them, and to choose different options for completing their learning experiences. With both a voice and a choice, students naturally take ownership and accountability for their learning. This helps encourage student agency in all of our Primary Years students and leads them on the path toward becoming lifelong learners.
Differentiated instruction is an educational practice in which teachers personalise the instruction methods used to meet the needs of the individual learner. It is considered to be the best way to provide all students in the classroom, regardless of their strengths or abilities, with the most opportunities for success.
There are several types of differentiated instruction that teachers can use. These include:
Student agency is a student's capacity for taking ownership of their individual learning experience. When students develop agency, they are able to make intentional choices on their learning journey and set goals for themselves. They begin to understand what steps they need to take in order to reach those goals. With a strong sense of agency, students feel invested in their own work and they hold themselves accountable as they work to meet their objectives.
Student agency can be developed by:
Student agency is one of the best ways to instil a sense of self-motivation in students. As they feel that they are in control of their own learning, they are more likely to participate in the learning experience actively. Not surprisingly, this has a very positive impact on learning outcomes. Students are more receptive to feedback when they are accountable for achieving their learning objectives, and they learn how to build upon their existing skills in order to meet their goals. This ability to reflect on feedback and adapt their processes will allow them to be successful throughout their entire lives.
Students who are enrolled in the OWIS IB PYP are encouraged to take ownership and responsibility for their learning. Our dedicated teachers and staff members help students develop a strong sense of personal agency by differentiating our instruction to each student's individual needs and learning goals. As students gain ownership over their learning, they can work toward becoming lifelong learners. Being a lifelong learner will be essential in the future, as students set their sights on success in a competitive and fast-changing global economy.
Please note: All the images in this blog were taken in pre-Covid times.