Levels of Collaboration

We know that collaboration and communication skills are essential for students to master for today and tomorrow. One of the goals of an Agile Classroom is to grow the collaborative skills of students and leverage their collaboration for deeper learning, richer relationships, and a broader future.  Agile Classrooms has outlined 4 Levels of Collaboration a…

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Empowerment Is

Empowerment is… not a transfer of power, you do not give up anything. It is the granting of power to the learning relationship, which grows the power of the whole classroom.

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Values Discovery

Learning Alliance Designing The Learning AlliancePreviously, we introduced you to Designing the Learning Alliance to set the stage for a culture of empowerment, collaboration, and achievement.  Designing Classroom Values Let’s start Designing the Alliance with creating a classroom culture based on shared values. Designing a values based classroom culture has 2 parts, Values DIscovery and…

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False Choice

Perhaps worse than no choice is a false choice. A false choice is when we ask a student: “What would you like?” and then ignore their preference. “Would you like to start on Unit 2?”, knowing we are going to start Unit 2, nonetheless. “What feedback do you have for me as a teacher?” and…

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Story of Hope: Video Interview With Hope High School

At the Scrum Gathering Phoenix, Hope High School faculty & students share how they use Agile/Scrum to pivot the lives of some of the most disadvantaged students in Phoenix. SolutionsIQ sits down with John Miller (Agile Classrooms) and Mark French (Blueprint Education) to discuss how this idea was born, what it took to make it…

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Agile at King Chavez School

2 Teachers and a Big Idea Room 14 King Chavez Community High School Meet Alicia and Megan, teachers at King Chavez Community High School in San Diego. Alicia teaches Algebra 2 and Megan teaches English Language Arts. They had a bold idea. What if they shared a classroom together with students choosing which subject to…

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Learning Rhythm Infographic

Agile Classrooms set and achieve their learning goals within a repeatable series of feedback loops called the Learning Rhythm, an enabling structure for empowerment. Once learners complete a cycle it repeats again. The regular rhythm simplifies the self-directed learning process so students can take the steering wheel of their own learning. The Learning Rhythm is inspired…

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3 Questions for Empowerment

Image Source, Leon Reynolds,  /flic.kr/p/ms42JJ Are your students empowered? Ask these 3 questions to find out: (1) What opportunities do students have to make a choice? (2) Do the students use the opportunity to actually make a choice? (3) Does the choice help achieve the desired learning and life outcomes?  What insights emerge when…you answer them? …your…

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