This year saw some changes in agency as I approached it as a full blown Mantle and added some bells and whistles. The world has been so much better developed this year with puppets taking the role of villains and the Professor and Cowgirl Calculation taking a hero role to assist us in our development. It is fun to look back at this post reflecting on two weeks in and see that I was already seeing these benefits at the beginning of the year.
I was also able to use drama a whole heap more and quickly found that children became confident taking the role of clients. More recently they took an active part in communicating with our recon agent 556. The more they became a part of the drama, the more they connected to agency.
Another change for me, from a teaching perspective, was to throw away a large degree of the overview planning I was doing and deeply focus on Number Sense and integrating strand through the problems and particularly the character of The Three Headed Colour Changing Dragon. This video is an example of one of the problems.
Another huge addition to Number Agency has been dot talks and other use of visual images. The video below shows a dot talk, it is pretty basic, but I have been working hard to develop this skill over Term 3 and 4. The images are examples of the type that I have been using.