Week 9

Engagement and Agency

Kahoot – was I engaged? How do I know?

Yes I was engaged, because I was focussed on the questions and participating.

  • Engagement is Behavioural, Emotional and Cognitive. Engagement is many things.
  • Engagement cannot be measured with performance.

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Agency – to make choices and to be able to act on those choices.

What does agency mean to you as a teacher, and mean to your learners’ and what is the link?

  • Agency as a teacher is the ability to make the best choices for the class to lead student learning. It is able to act on research, independently of others in the school.
  • Learner agency is about understanding where they are int heir learning journey ad where they need to go – having the intrinsic motivation, and self regulation to go there.
  • The link is a partnership between them with a shared purpose of the learning taking pace.
  • Autonomy and agency are interdependent.

Multicultural and International Perspectives on Education

“It is remarkable how fast and how effectively you can construct a nationality with a flag, a few speeches, and a national anthem.” (Taleb, 2008)

What is nationality, how do we identify it? It is easily changed by getting a new passport or country.

Don’t ask me where I’m from.

How can a human being come from a concept (nations). Countries are not absolute. Countries are sovereign states devised 400 years ago. Histories and cultures are real, countries are invented. Local is about where you grow up, where you have a relationship with, not the whole country. Your experience is where you are from. Ask where you are a local from. Our experience is where you are from.

3R’s that define who I am.

Daily Ritual: Occur at home and in the Hamilton/Waikato area. In a farm environment, and school setting. Theatre figures significantly as does Church.

Relationships that shape your days and emotional experiences: My relationships are within my family, my wife and children. I interact with colleagues at school during the working week.

Restrictions, What am I restricted by? Finances restrict my lifestyle, I would love to spend more time with my family, and travelling to interesting places to further my education

Discuss what it means to be local to our students, where are they local?

  • They come from the area they life in, interact with those that live nearby.
  • Can get them to create a digital mihi
  • Use MapCrunch to give them experiences from other areas of the world.

Consider how images provide an analogy of culture, and does this give you invites on how to work across cultures.

  • Iceberg – visible culture is what you see and the invisible culture is under the water/hidden
  • Camera – Look at things through different lenses. How you see the world is different depending on the lens
  • Fish – Changing, moving to different places and making changes depending on where you are. Part of a greater crowd that.
  • House on beach front – Home defines who you are, what you call home.

Intercultural Competencies

Intercultural competence refers to behaving and communicating effectively and appropriately in cross-cultural situations to achieve one’s goals to some degree (Berardo & Deardorff, 2012). It comprises:

  • Recognition: How competent is a person to recognise cultural differences around him or her?
  • Respect: How respectful is a person about those differences?
  • Reconciliation: How competent is a person to reconcile cultural differences?
  • Realization: How competent is a person to realise the necessary actions to implement the reconciliation of cultural differences?

What is the culture of the NZ Curriculum and how does it compare with other systems?

Create a picture or cartoon to summarise your ideas.


This is a chameleon. The chameleon symbolises that the NZC is an adaptable document based upon the environment it is put into.

Kahoot – an interactive way to learn via gamification. I came 5th out of 19 🙂


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