A 21st Century Operating System
Commit to learning goals for the Learning Cycle & outline the activities and strategies for achieving them.
Each class, learners monitor their progress and adapt by answering 3 questions: (1) What did I do last time? (2) What am I doing now? (3) What's in my way of accomplishing our goals?
Formal opportunity to assess and provide feedback on the outcomes for the Learning Cycle.
Looking back on the Learning Cycle, teachers and students reflect and decide on improvements to try next time.
The Learing Rhythm
Inspect. Adapt. Iterate.
The Learning Rhythm is inspired by the same process the most innovative STEM organizations in the world today employ to compete and adapt, such as Google, GE, and the military. The Learning Rhythm is composed of a specific set of events that are all performed within a timebox (1 period up to 4 weeks). Once a Learning Iteration ends, another begins, repeating itself. Learning Iterations weave a dense fabric of feedback loops that enables classrooms to frequently inspect and adapt, accelerating learning and rapidly growing capacity for empowerment and collaboration. Each event in the Learning Iteration serves elastic constraints to grow empowerment and collaboration within, so that one can throttle empowerment and collaboration for the right level for your classroom. It provides a reliable and repeatable learning framework so students can begin to drive their own learning.
It is an operating system for 21st Century life, career, and college readiness. The Learning Rhythm has been used in a wide array of contexts; core academic classes, clubs, student councils, project-based learning, makerspaces, computer science classes, and even Professional Learning Communities. It makes it simple to implement educational best practices for learning while giving you the freedom to adapt it to your needs.