Bridging the Gap

The future will be a wildly different place than what schools were designed for. To thrive in a world that is increasingly complex, constantly changing, highly connected, and intensely competitive, students will need to master 21st Century Skills. Students will need to be adaptive, self-directed, collaborative, creative, and continuously learning. There are many approaches that…

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Element 1: The Visible Classroom

The Visible Classroom is the first element, and often the first step, in implementing an Agile Classroom. The Visible Classroom designs the learning environment for clarity, transparency, accountability, feedback, and adaptability. It gives a classroom a set of highly visible and dynamic artifacts called Learning Radiators that support and mediate learning. Once learning and expectations…

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Reflection: Glows Grows Knows

Sharpening the Saw We can all agree that we want students who are growing in their capacity to be self-directed, make better choices, and interact positively with one another. In order to do this, we have to give time for students to reflect and improve.  Stephen Covey calls this sharpening the saw: “Suppose you came upon someone…

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Agile Educator Spotlight: What’s In Your Way?

This post is part of a our series call Agile Educator Spotlight, where we highligh trailblazing Agile Educators and their stories of Agile in their school.  We are delighted to introduce to our guest author, an Agile Eduator in California, History Teacher, and Minecraft guru, Chris Scott. I like to help. So naturally one of my…

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Agile Educator Spotlight: Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro|, Agile Educator www.HeatherCarreiro.com One of the best parts of my job conducing workshops and coaching for Agile Classrooms is meeting extraordinary 21st Century school leaders.  After all, only the innovative and trailblazing educators are considering something like Agile for their schools. Most recently, I met one of the most vibrantly positive 21st Century Leader, Heather Carreiro.…

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The Student Skills Matrix

The Student Skills Matrix When working toward an agile classroom, teachers may need some tools to create an environment suitable to their personal style as well as their current goals for their students. Recently, we learned about an approach for creating Cross-Strength Teams with roots in the OpenAgile community which could help a teacher or…

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21st Century Skills Cards

Another Card Deck from us to you.This one lays out the Life and Career Skills as outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.I recently used it to as a card game to learn about 21st Century Skills and to form cross-strength student teams.There are many other useful and fun ideas to use the 21st…

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Growing Self-Direction: A Scaffolding Model

How do we differentiate and scaffold self-directed learning? How do we meet students where they are, yet, continuously stretch them to become more self-directed? Empowering Boundaries You know how you grow a plant. Growing self-direction is like that. At first, you need to plant the seeds in a container. The container provides structure to support…

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Innovation Natives

Today, students are born Digital Natives. This is given. They are comfortable with technology, it permeates their lives. Yet, at the heart, these natives are mostly consuming technology. Through these devices, they augment their presence, their network, and their knowledge. They can find an answer to “What is?” or a “How do I?” in seconds…

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Student Empowerment Levels

Daniel Pink, in his book Drive, says that Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose (MAP) are what really motivates us to our highest levels. Autonomy, or self-directedness, is a critical 21st Century Skill. Yet, we give so little of it to our students, and sadly, not enough to teachers. It can be scary for some of us…

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