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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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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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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Element 3: Collaboration

There are 5 Elements to an Agile Classroom. This post will describe the third element, Collaboration. Collaboration is the process in which learners work together in achieving their goals. Collaboration can be viewed as type of scaffolding in itself, as learners support one another towards deeper knowledge. As learning challenges grow more complex, the more…

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Learning Alliance Activity: My World Map

This is the third post in the series of how to Design the Learning Alliance for an Agile Classroom. Through Designing the Learning Alliance, we put ‘Classroom Culture before Covering Content’. Trust Begins With Knowing One Another  We all say we want a culture of trust in our classroom. Trust between the teacher and students.Trust…

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Designing the Learning Alliance 2: Activities

In the last post, we shared the importance of putting Culture before Content. Agile Classrooms sets the stage to grow a positive classroom culture through a set of activities performed the first days of school called Designing the Learning Alliance. This post will outline the activities and tools we use to do so. My World…

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Design the Learning Alliance: The Why

When we see students not behaving in the way we desire, we naturally focus more on classroom management practices. Careful. This paradoxically increases the poor behavior we do not want. By managing student behavior more, we reduce students’ ability to self-regulate and self-correct. Increasing classroom management and behavioral interventions, although sometimes needed, treats the symptoms…

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Spiral Dynamics and the Classroom

The Modern Classroom Paradox We can all agree that there is a need for deepening learning and developing 21st Century skills for academic and life success of learners. Teachers at conferences, blogs, and Twitter are echoing the need to release control over to students and more collaboration. For the teacher to move from the “sage on…

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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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The Journey

The Journey The path to a self-organizing classroom (where students are empowered, collaborative, and aligned to meet their goals) is often not a leap, but, a series of steps. It is a journey. Four Learning Zones Like in any journey, a map helps us to get there. The 4 Learning Zones maps out the terrain. As…

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