The Agile Classroom: The Teacher as Facilitator | Jessica Cavallaro | 5 Min Read

April 5, 2022

Becoming A Facilitator 

In an Agile classroom, educators change roles from the content expert and gatekeeper of knowledge to learning facilitator. This means that students take the lead in their learning while the teacher acts as a guide. As an educator for well over a decade, I know that it can be a difficult transition from leading to guiding. 

Facilitator literally means a person that makes a process easier. It does not mean that a facilitator doles out knowledge, directs people, or jumps through hoops. A facilitator works with a group and aids in processing the information that is already present to create the conditions to help the group accomplish more efficient work. In the classroom, this takes pressure from the teacher to constantly have control, push information, maintain behavior, and amuse the class. The teacher is freed to create relationships, work in small groups, and provide intervention on an as-needed basis. 

Preparation is EVERYTHING

The first step to creating an Agile classroom is preparation. Unlike writing single or weekly lesson plans, an Agile unit is planned upfront. At the beginning of the unit, students are given all of the required work, an open-ended essential question,…

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Jessica Cavallaro

As the co-founder of The Agile Mind and Chief Academic Officer of a pioneering online high school, Jessica Cavallaro is a key player in the educational revolution, infusing K-12 learning with Agile methodologies. Her 15-year tenure in education has been marked by a dedication to crafting meaningful educational experiences that drive classroom innovation and foster inquisitiveness. Jessica is dedicated to creating systems that enhance student autonomy, ensuring that every learner's voice is heard and valued. Beyond her educational leadership, Jessica is an esteemed keynote speaker, spreading her vision for transformative education and the critical role of flexibility in learning.