Growing a self-organizing classroom is like constructing of a building. It requires a sturdy foundation to start and scaffolding to support as each successive level is built. If you go too fast, your classroom can become chaotic, if you hold back too much, you stifle your students potential. What if you had a way to avoid these two extremes and create a 21st Century classroom with confidence?
 
Agile Classrooms provides you the foundations and scaffolding to do just that, called Elements and Formations. Elements are the core foundations and bulding blocks that are used throughout Agile Classrooms. Formations are a scaffolded model for growing self-organization in successive stages, with each prior learning formation enabling the next. Agile Classrooms starts where you are, and guides you through small steps to create the classroom you and your students will love.
 

 

You do not teach 21st Century Skills and a love of learning, you create an environment that evokes them. They are caught, not taught.  Empowerment and Collaboration are the King and Queen of 21st Century Skills. When they align in order to acheive a goal, it creates a self-organized learning environment. Self-organized learning evokes all the other Life and Career 21st Century Skills while deeping the knowledge of learning goals. The aim of Agile Classrooms is to grow your classroom towards a self-organized classroom, enabling students to acheive in 21st Century academics, career, and life.

 

Self Organization=Empowerment + Collaboration + Alignment
 

Growing a self-organizing classroom is like constructing of a building. It requires a sturdy foundation to start and scaffolding to support as each successive level is built. If you go too fast, your classroom can become chaotic, if you hold back too much, you stifle your students potential. What if you had a way to avoid these two extremes and create a 21st Century classroom with confidence?

 

Agile Classrooms provides you the foundations and scaffolding to do just that, called Elements and Learning ZonesElements are the core foundations and building blocks that integrate throughout Agile Classrooms. Learning Zones is a scaffolded model for growing self-organization in successive stages, with each prior learning formation enabling the next. Agile Classrooms starts where you are, guiding you through small steps to create the classroom you and your students will love.

 
 
 

OVERVIEW

The Framework

THE ELEMENTS

The Elements of the Agile Classroom was designed for you to implement at your own pace, first by starting with the Agile Classroom, then adding the Learning Rhythm, and then incrementally turning up the dials of Empowerment and Collaboration.  Each Element is designed as independent modules that provide value to your classroom. You may feel that implementing just one of the Elements is sufficient, yet,  the biggest benefits come from integrating all the Elements together. 

VISIBLE CLASSROOM

Clarity gives a classroom order, structure, and a perceived sense of control. This reduces anxiety, builds trust, evokes positive behavior, and evokes focus. The Visible Classroom radiates extreme clarity to your classroom through a collection of highly visible Learning Radiators, that projects the hidden curriculum and learning process for all to see. With learning and expectations made visible, students can begin reclaiming responsibility for their learning. It is the first foundation that the rest of the Agile Classroom is built upon.

The Learning Rhythm creates a cadence of short and frequent feedback loops, that enable your classroom to continuously inspect, adapt, and grow. It also creates a Classrooms set and achieve their goals within a fixed duration of time called a Learning Iteration. The Learning Iteration contains the following set of feedback events:

 

 

  1. Plan: Commit to which learning goals that can be achieved within the Learning Iteration, along with listing activities and strategies to achieve the goals.

  2. Check-Ins: A repeatable event, at least every period and perhaps, where classrooms display their progress, identify impediments to learning, and adapt.

  3. Review: A formal opportunity, at the end of the Learning Iteration, to assess the results of the committed learning goals.

  4. Reflect: The Learning Iteration ends with the classroom reflecting and coming up ways to improve on their learning process, their interactions, and their learning environment.

 

Each event of the Learning Rhythm provides "elastic boundaries" to releasing responsibility of learning over to your students, outlining who does what and when.

GROW EMPOWERMENT

Empowerment is the process  of enhancing your classroom's capacity to make better choices towards achieving desired learning and life outcomes. Learning how to choose and choosing how to learn is at the heart of the Agile Classroom.  

 

Agile Classrooms calls Empowerment the King of 21st Century skills, and for good reason. Empowered learners are more capable of adapting to change. Because they are respected as capable and responsible, they act more respectfully to others. Positive classroom behavior results, since students learn how to make better choices.They have more buy-in in their learning, they pursue a mastery and accountability over their learning. 

 

Making choices is like a muscle. If you don't use it, you lose it, resulting in poor decisions and unhealthy behavior. And, if you lift heavier than your muscle can take, you risk injury.  Agile Classrooms helps learners build up their decision making muscles through gradually increasing the levels of choice, using a scaffolded empowerment model.  You'll have a path to supporting autonomy, without stifling your learners nor creating instability.

 

GROW COLLABORATION
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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together", states an African Proverb, and is relevant to learning as well, and is why Collaboration is the Queen of 21st Century Skills. Collaboration helps us to create a supportive classroom culture, enriching relationships. Diverse minds, when cooperating around tough challenges, develop emergent learning that was not possible alone. This is learning that is transformative, where learning is greater than the sum of the individual contributors. Collaboration grows emotional and social intelligence and creates a playground for the creative mind.  Collaboration energizes your classroom, create a safe and positive learning environment.

 

Collaboration is not always easy in a classroom. Through Agile Classrooms scaffolded approach to develop Collaboration, you will be able to match the right level of Collaboration, while growing the classrooms capacity to work together.

 

 

The Journey

Shifting towards Self-Organization

Agile Classrooms provides a model for you to incrementally shift towards Self-Organization. Through combiningcombining different levels of Collaboration with Empowerment, you are able to provide the appropriate learning structure for your classroom. It can help you start where you are then progressively shift to greater collaboration and empowerment. Agile Classrooms supports you with practical guidance on how to operate in each Learning Structue and how to use each as a scaffold to build your classrooms capacity for self-organization.