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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Element 4: Empowerment

There are 5 Elements to an Agile Classroom. This post will describe the fourth element, Empowerment. Agile Classrooms defines empowerment is the process of enhancing learners’ capacity to make choices towards achieving positive learning and life outcomes (1). When learners are fully empowered in choosing what and how they learn, we say they are self-directed.…

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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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Element 2: The Learning Rhythm

There are 5 Elements to an Agile Classroom. This post will describe the second element, The Learning Rhythm. In an Agile Classroom, learners set and achieve their goals within an iterative learning cycle called the Learning Rhythm. The the cycle is timeboxed from 1-4 weeks. When a cycle of the Learning Rhythm ends, it repeats…

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5 Elements of Agile Classrooms

An Agile Classroom is designed through the integration of 5 Elements. Each element, like Legos, can be combined in different ways to meet one’s specific goals and context. It is most powerful when used synergistically together as a complete system. 5 ELEMENTS OF AGILE CLASSROOMS ELEMENT DESCRIPTION 1. Visible Classroom A visual learning management system.…

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Agile Classrooms at Grandview Prep

I am very grateful for the continuous requests for learning about Agile Classrooms. My inbox is filled and I wish I could say I have responded to each one.Due to Agile Classrooms consisting of only one person along with my other initiatiave in helping to transform business to grow their Authentic Agility at Righshifter.com and helping…

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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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