Agile Learning Centres restore the joy of learning with a surprisingly effective educational approach: intentional culture supporting self-directed learning reinforced by agile management tools.
Self-Directed: Humans are natural learners. When children get to follow their passions, they engage deeply, learning more quickly and thoroughly – covering years of content in weeks at the time they choose to learn it.
Intentional Culture: At Agile Learning Centres children feel they are heard, they belong and they make a difference. As social creatures, we thrive in this kind of vibrant community which builds our confidence, heightens our communication skills, and calls forth our best selves.
Agile Management Tools: We use practical and concrete tools to make these lofty-sounding ideals real and reliable.
These tools are:
- Being agile – making tools and practices flexible, adaptable and easy to change…or change back again (we are aware that too much change at once can be disorienting and aim to make small, gentle changes over time)
- Supporting choice and freedom – everyone should have the opportunity to participate in designing and upgrading the structures that guide them
- Playing – play is one of the most powerful paths to growth
- Creating culture – A powerful positive culture is the strongest support structure a community can have. We develop collective mastery rather than restrictive rule-making.
- Offering visible feedback – making choices, patterns and outcome visible to participants so they can tune their future behaviour accordingly. These practices empower and build trust among the community members.
- Facilitating – helping to clarify and simplify ideas and plans and connecting children to the larger social capital of their community as they seek learning resources
- Supporting – we provide maximum support with minimum interference
- Respecting each other’s time and space
- Valuing relationships – being real, being accepting, respecting differences
- Recognising value in learning – making value received from learning visible and shareable, using tracking systems and recording measurable progress
- Being flexible about learning – embracing different modes of expression, learning styles and intelligences
- Safe-space making – providing an environment of physical, social and emotional safety. Setting and keeping critical boundaries. Fostering great freedom with an appropriate frame of safety and legality, so that children’s energy can be freed up to focus on learning
The Agile Learning Ecosystem is a rapidly growing global network of micro schools, homeschooling collectives and facilitators who share tools, practices, and resources, seeking to create a new educational paradigm that is adaptive to the people and places it serves.