Session 3 Creating an Agile Learning Environment
Agile Tools for an Engaging Learning Environment | Using Retrospectives to Create a Reflective Student Learning Environment | The Heart of the Agile Learning Compass: Visible and Iterative Learning
Agile in Education Compass
Compass as a Roadmap
In Session 2, we looked at the Agile in Education Compass as a roadmap for directed learning through the building blocks of effective communication, human diversity, self-direction, ownership, continuous growth, experience, real-life lessons, and deepening understanding.
Agile Learning Environment
We are revisiting these compass building blocks as well as the pillars of trust, collaboration, culture, visible feedback, and reflection, but through a different lens: as a guide for creating an effective Agile learning environment.
The Agile in Education Compass helps provide direction on how to create an Agile Learning Environment. There is 1 question to respond to on the padlet.
Agile Tools for an Engaging Learning Environment
In the world of Agile in Education, there are a plethora of tools that can help a teacher to create an Agile Classroom. Please explore at least 3 different options below. Is there one that stands out to you more than the others?
For this Padlet question, please choose how you would like to respond, with a video, audio recording, visual, or written response. There is 1 question to respond to on the padlet.
Using Retrospectives to Create
a REFLECTIVE Student Learning Environment
Retrospectives are meetings held by the team to evaluate the previous sprint cycle. The goal as a team is to identify success, discuss pitfalls, and look for areas of improvement based on how the team worked together and innovate those points during the next iteration.
The two articles below look at Retrospectives when creating a REFLECTIVE student learning environment. As you read them look for ways that they can be used within your current educational context.
As you begin to incorporate Agile in Education remember it starts with the environment.
Think about how you could use one of those retrospective strategies in your day-to-day activities. Have those you coach, mentor, and teach reflect differently upon the activity, assignment, or project they have just completed. Build in the Agile in Education Compass points of Trust, Visible Feedback, Collaboration, and Culture.
Reflection is crucial in the learning process because it requires you to step back and look at your process for accomplishment. Retrospectives and reflection work beautifully in tandem. The first creates a framework and environment for authentic and meaningful examination to take place. The second provides a connection to one's own thought process.
Listed below are a few questions for you to ponder as you read the article.
When looking at the key components of retrospectives, how do they tie back into the Agile in Education Compass?
Which part of a retrospective do you think would be the most essential in a learning environment?
How would the use of retrospectives and reflection be a catapult for future learning?
The articles above addressed creating and maintaining a welcoming and reflective environment for students. There is 1 question to respond to on the padlet.
The Heart of the Agile Learning Compass:
Visible and Iterative Learning
We started with an engaging environment that builds on collaboration and trust, followed by retrospectives and reflection and how they enhance future learning. The last activity focuses on visible and iterative learning.
The graphic below contains student questions that you can use to support visible and iterative learning.