This post is part of a series on Agile Learning Center tools and 2015 ALC Everett #debrief
The Agile Learning environment is based around cycles of setting intentions, play, and reflections. Each school term, month, week, and day can be a cycle. At ALC Everett our largest cycle was the week. Every Tuesday morning (our first day of the week) we held a Set the Week Meeting where we set intentions for the week and added scheduled offerings.
The tool set includes:
- White board with columns for each day of the week
- Monthly wall calendar
- Meeting on the first day of the week
The physical week long calendar had a column for each day of week and rows for each hours of the school day. Extra space was left for notes (but mainly silly pictures).
The weekly calendar had two kinds of entries, reoccurring and one-offs (indicated on our board as diagonal hash marks and horizontal hashes respectively). For instance blogging was everyday at 4pm and Permaculture with Tim was the 1st wednesday and 3rd Thursday of the month. While our field trip to Whidbey Island was a single event happening that week.
Beside our weekly calendar was a normal monthly calendar for recording opportunities or events in the distant future, such as visitors or school breaks.
The Set the Week Meeting focused on:
- Activities that we wished to complete during the week
- Reminders of reoccurring events or offerings
- Scheduling of group projects or trips