Pulling Agile into Education
Agility is an umbrella term for a number of working practices. In essence, agility seeks productivity and timeliness through regular feedback - and the ongoing adjustments that the feedback suggests - in short iterations of work. The parallel with education is straightforward. Good instruction makes regular use of feedback so that students, working in short cycles, are constantly refining and improving their thinking and work.
Agile’s attention to the participation of everyone involved, to treating each other with respect, and to democratic processes inform our teaching philosophy as well. We have operationalized the agile mindset in a set of ten practices that compose EDgility. Our recommendation to teachers is, when given a choice, to do a little more of each practice. Over time, these small changes will lead to significant and lasting shifts in practice … and in how we think about teaching and learning.