There are 5 Elements to an Agile Classroom. This post will describe the second element, The Learning Rhythm.
Note, the Learning Rhythm may be referred to as a "Sprint" or a "Learning Sprint" based on the Agile framework called Scrum.
The Learning Rhythm is a container for each step of the self-directed learning process. It is composed of four explicit and discrete learning events: (1) Plan (2) Check-In (3) Review and (4) Reflect. The diagram below depicts the iterative cycle and how the events connect together.
LEARNING RHYTHM EVENTS
LEARNING RADIATORS USED
It is composed
Part 1 (The Big Why): Overarching goals
Part 2 (The What): A set of learning goals (learning increments)
Part 3 (The How): Using
Planning occurs at the beginning of the cycle.
Learning Increments move from the Learning Roadmap
To monitor progress, offer support, and inspect and adapt frequently, classrooms engage in a Check-In each class period.
Three questions are asked at this time:
(1) What was finished since the last Check-in?
(2) What are we doing this period/class?
(3) What is blocking us in achieving our goals?
The Review is the last opportunity, but not the only opportunity, in the Learning Rhythm for learners to demonstrate evidence of learning. Each Learning Increment is demonstrated and assessed based on its success criteria. The Learning Portfolio is updated with the increments that have me the
Review occurs once at the end of the cycle
The Learning Portfolio is updated with artifacts of that Learning Increments that are successfully completed.
At the end of the Learning Rhythm, classrooms inspect and adapt how they learn, teach, and interact. Specific actions for improvement and growth are created to apply immediately in the next cycle. Reflections can have many forms, but, basically asks:
1. What went well?
2. What did not go well?
3. What do we do to grow and improve?
Refection occurs at the end of the cycle. It does not preclude reflection happening more frequently within the cycle itself.
Reflection Canvas is updated.
Download the Learning Rhythm poster for a nice reference below: