The Agile Classroom: Re-energized Teaching and Student Ownership of Learning | Jessica Cavallaro | 6 Min Read

November 12, 2021

In an agile classroom, teachers do not dispense information to the whole group. They serve as the guide on each student’s learning pathway. By replacing the teacher as the “Sage on the Stage,” it frees the teacher to work in small groups, meet individual needs, dedicate time to building strong relationships and a classroom culture of trust and love of learning.

To a group of professionals that are already at their wit’s end, this can sound exhausting; however, it is just the opposite in reality.

An agile classroom re-energizes the teacher. There is no classroom management struggle because the students have agency. Agile classrooms do not have repetitive lectures since students own their learning. Students have genuine learning experiences. Questions are authentic and the level of engagement brings an exciting energy to the classroom. They build trust and long-term relationships with one another and the teacher. Each interaction is unique. 

How to Achieve the Agile Classroom

In an agile classroom, students have autonomy and often work in teams. This means that students learn the traditional content but are able to navigate their own learning. Teachers can scaffold this experience by prepping different methods for students to…

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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.