Retrospective Protocol Guide

A way to routinize and practice the ‘growth mindset’, Retrospectives are a protected time for classrooms, learners, and teams to reflect on their learning and identify one action to improve and grow in the next cycle. Retrospectives are one of the Five Self-Directed Learning Routines in an Agile Classroom. To help you implement and practice…

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Element 5: The Journey

There are 5 Elements to an Agile Classroom. This post will describe the Fifth Element, ‘The Journey’.Growing an Agile Classroom where students are learning iteratively in self is a journey. In any journey, it is useful to have a map. Just as map uses the degrees of latitude and longitude, an Agile Classroom uses the…

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Agile in Education: Defining the Movement

First, an inspiring video of the first Agile in Education Gathering and defining a movement. In early 2015, Arno Deljij from EduScrum and I, began to collaborate around the state of Agile in Education. Although we are in separate parts of the world, he in the Netherlands and I in the USA, we found our stories and…

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Context for 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills: The 4Cs Most of us are familiar with the 4Cs of 21st Century Skills: (1) Creativity (2) Collaboration (3) Critical Thinking and (4) Communication. But, why do these matter more today? What is the context that requires us to change how we teach and learn? 21st Century Context: The 4Cs Behind the…

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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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10 Reflections for Agile Learners

Reflection is the heart of becoming an empowered and collaborative learner that continuously improves and quickly adapts to a fast changing world.  But, they can be more engaging and easier to use.  Student Team Reflection with Sticky Notes We have designed 10 reflections for you that are visible, fun, and evokes different perspectives. They can…

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Reflection: Start Stop Continue

Reflection: The Heart of Learning Reflection is perhaps the most important thing in becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. It is the heart of 21st Century Skills, necessary for adaptability and innovation. It is paramount in shifting from reforming schools to transforming them. Reflection Excuses Without reflection, learners might learn content, but they are not growing as…

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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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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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