How to Start an Agile Classroom: Start Small & Start Safe.

Implementing an agile approach to education can seem intimidating, but it can bring numerous benefits for students and teachers. If you’re considering integrating real future-ready skills, this article will share some tips on starting an Agile Classroom without getting overwhelmed. Here are a few ways to start that are small and safe. Agile in your…

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Coffee On The Brain Podcast Interviews John Miller

John Miller, the founder of Agile Classrooms, recently joined Aaron Maurer on the “Coffee For The Brain” podcast to discuss the benefits of using Agile principles in education. TOPICS WE EXPLORE TAKEAWAYS One of the key takeaways from the podcast was the power of the word “permission” in creating a culture of learning and growth.…

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Make Learning Visible With The Learning Canvas

Learning Canvas

Introducing the Learning Canvas – a tool that helps students track their progress and make learning visible. With columns representing each step of the learning process, teachers and students can use cards or sticky notes to move their work from one part of the learning workflow to the next. This helps everyone stay organized and on track. The Learning Canvas is an excellent way for teachers to foster collaboration and responsibility among their students and is more engaging than traditional worksheets and logs.”

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The Review Routine – A Feedback Protocol

An Agile Classroom encourages a frequent tempo and structure to demonstrate progress and receive feedback on small increments of learning. This is called the Review Routine. The Review Routine occurs at the end of each Learning Sprint.

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Growing Student Choice – Spectrum of Choice

Spectrum of Choice

The Spectrum of Choice is an artifact to help answer the following questions: Think of it as Bloom’s Taxonomy for student choice, categorized into five levels, The Spectrum of Choice describes how the students and the teacher are involved at each level. By selecting the appropriate level for each routine of the Learning Sprint, classrooms…

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Scaffolding Student Collaboration in an Agile Classroom

Agile learners hone their ability to solve increasingly complex challenges. The more complex the challenge, the more collaboration with a cognitively diverse group is required. An objective of Agile Education is to build students’ capacity for collaboration. In order to do so, the following principles of collaboration are held: The Spectrum of Collaboration is also…

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The Check-In: A Classroom Routine For Focus, Accountability, and Progress

The 4 Check-in Questions

What If… Overview These are some benefits of “The Check-In Routine,” the third Self-Directed Learning Routine in the Learning Sprint. It makes progress toward the learning goals visible. The visibility evokes conversations and grows students’ capacity to self-monitor, adapt, and seek support. The Check-In Routine is short and frequent. It is typically scheduled at the…

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