What does Real Professional Development Look Like During a Pandemic?

Teaching in the last year has been like riding out a hurricane in a treehouse. As seasoned educators, we tried to come prepared. We knew our student’s emotional needs would be our top priority, we strived to make school feel “normal”, but from the beginning, it was clear that the 2020 - 2021 year would... Continue Reading →

End of Year Reflections

This year has been incredible. In both good and bad ways. Unlike any other year we faced extreme challenges in education. My students were split between distance and in person learning. They were masked for the entire year, which seemed normal at a certain point, until you realized you did not know half of your... Continue Reading →

Kanban in the Classroom

When I first introduced EduScrum into the classroom students created FLAPs out of the materials available. In class students worked with painters tape and post its, hybrid groups preferred using a template I had created on Jamboard. Each group found their way to break down their epics and stories into color coded tasks and moving... Continue Reading →

Scaffolding an Agile Learning Experience

150 years of content in five weeks? Yeah, no problem. The students were in charge.  In a lightning speed brainstorm with the founder of L-EAF, Jeff Burstein, the way unit planning was typically done flipped on its side.  Instead of spending weeks meticulously planning every movement and learning path in the classroom I developed one... Continue Reading →

12 Agile Principles in Education

Bringing Agile to education means developing and driving your course with intention. Lessons are not copied from internet sources, or thought up the morning of. There is a level of flow that must be achieved within the learning objectives that builds knowledge and skill acquisition throughout a unit and the year. Being intentional and mindful... Continue Reading →

Bringing Agility into the Classroom with L-EAF.org

In January I was plugging along. My students were using EduScrum quite seamlessly. Our Constitution unit had just launched and I was staring straight towards the bright light at the end of the year.  Everything was flowing. I had reduced friction in my teaching. All of my students were interactive and collaborating. Everything was good. ... Continue Reading →

Gamify the Constitution

With a rush of excitement, a push towards action and an explosion of intellectual growth the Analyzing Revolutions unit is over. The students have completely blown past expectations in the products they have made, the discussion they have led and the skills they have acquired. The last minute push exhausted all of us, but luckily... Continue Reading →

Revolutions as Infographics

A huge part of the teenage experience in 2020 is living and learning through images. Students are bombarded by images through their social media. They absorb the majority of their information through images, so it is necessary that they begin to learn the skills that drive media. The skill of synthesizing information from facts to... Continue Reading →

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