ALC Everett Tool Box
All activities available to students begin as offerings. Each student is given the ability to offer classes/courses/opportunities at ALC Everett. We expect value to be created not only by parents, community members, and facilitators but also by the students.
The Agile Learning environment is based around cycles of setting intentions, play, and reflections. Set the Week is a meeting that determines what goals the group wishes to accomplish throughout the week. Typically these goals require more preparation than daily goals or are time specific, like a field trip.
The daily cycle of intention setting starts with the morning meeting. This meeting is one of the few required activities each student agreed to in the ALCE Student Agreement. Our basic structure is Check-ins, Intention setting, Scrum, Set the day, Share intentions
Meetings can be a drag. To limit the “process overhead” and help make the implicit process of the meeting explicit we employed a tool called the Game Shifting Board (GSB).
Kanban is a Japanese (看板) word that translates to signboard. At it’s core it is a to-do list that limits its user’s work in progress (WIP). The kanban comes in many shapes and sizes and is created by each student to help them track intentions, set goals, and focus on their passions.
The group kanban is heavily used by ALC Everett. It’s structure is similar to the personal Kanban but it’s focus is on group projects and tasks. It is functionally a lot like the offerings board in Agile NYC. It takes a central place in the school space and is where we hold our intention setting meetings.
Culture creation is a central focus of Agile Learning Centers. We want to create and hold space that is safe for children to explore their passions. To create intentional culture we employ a weekly Change Up Meetings to build, update, and remix the culture inside the school by use of the Community Mastery Board.
Within our daily cycle the Afternoon Meeting closes the day. It is where we reflect on the intentions set in the morning meeting. The act of reflection is as important as setting intentions because it allows us to measure our success or failure to achieve what we set out to do so we can adjust our next cycle of intentions.
Accomplishment in the 21st century world demands the creation of visible, shareable value as evidence of learning. Without tests or grades it is the blog post that can best visualize learning. In ALC Everett we give students the responsibility to create this evidence of learning through reflective blog posts.
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