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187. The Student-Centered Revolution:

Exploring the Impact of Student Agency in Modern Classrooms with Michael Nicholson

In this episode of Learning Unboxed, we explore the transformative power of student agency and autonomy in education. Our guest is Mike Nicholson, principal of Learning Inspired Ed, a forward-thinking education consultancy agency dedicated to supporting the development of student agency across school districts.

Mike shares his passion for moving from a compliance-based education system to one where students have the freedom to make decisions about their learning. We dive into the "55 perspectives" he has developed for teachers to transform their classrooms, including the idea of shadowing a student for an entire day to gain a visceral understanding of their experience. Mike also offers a practical tip for teachers who want to introduce student autonomy in their classrooms but may not be able to do so on a larger scale.

Join us for an insightful conversation on the power of student agency and how to implement it in your classroom. Reach out to Mike at Learning Inspired Ed for resources and support on this transformative journey.

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We unbox:

  • Defining student agency and autonomy

  • The 55 perspectives of giving kids control and autonomy over their learning

  • How minimizing educational hierarchy can allow autonomy to flourish

  • The student autonomy breakdown


Produced by Nova Media


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