Learning Rhythm Deck

In order to help guide students and teachers themselves through the Learning Rhythm, we created the Learning Rhtyhm Card Deck.Each step of the Learning Rhythm is broken down as a separate card.This can be used by the teacher, by individual students, or student teams to guide them through the process and grow their capacity to…

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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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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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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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Designing The Learning Alliance

Where to Start? I am often asked, where do you start in growing a self-organizing classroom? More than likely, you are already doing it. Many teachers post positive expectations in the classroom or door and you go over classroom and school rules with your students during the first week or two of school. You are…

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Empowerment Anxiety

We have all seen when a young child cries when his mother leaves. This is called separation anxiety. In a baby, this is actually a positive sign of their development. He has learned that his mother still “exists”, even when he cannot see her. He has learned what Paiget called object permanence. He thinks his…

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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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Agile Journey to Hope

Underdogs In Phoenix, Arizona, there is a tucked away school called Hope High. The school serves “at-risk” students who have been thrown out of their public school or whose lives have taken them on a different track in life. Hope High School is small, with little resources, except for passionate staff whose personal commitment has…

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