After attending the AgileEDU sessions at the Scrum Gathering in Orlando, my husband and I put our heads together about implementing scrum in his classroom. He teaches 10th and 11th grade AP English, and was looking for ways to better engage students and assess their learning in a more holistic way. We are now almost a month into the school year, and this experiment is working better than we could have imagined. We’ve heavily leaned on John Miller’s agileclassrooms.com and eduScrum for resources.
Here are a few takeaways:
- spent the entire first week of school building culture . Talking about 21st century values (also from agileclassrooms) and completing some values exercises
-at the beginning of week 2, split the classes into learning teams based on what values they most identified with
-embarked on first sprint, defining their DoR and DoD and planning.
- completed first Sprint Review on Friday, and the kids demonstrations were fantastic
-completed first Sprint Retrospective today, and the feedback was remarkable. They were quite self-aware, and much of the feedback was the same that we see from our adult agile teams. They talked about pacing, communication, eliminating distractions, etc.
I’ve been bugging Wendell (husband) to write a journal or a blog so we don’t forget all this stuff, but he is swamped with non-scrum teacher stuff at the moment. I’m hopeful we will get something going.
Anyone else with any agile in education experience or ideas? Is anyone doing this in your area?