Why Scrum At School
What does Agile education means?
- Responsibility for students above control by teachers
- Kaizen mindset above meeting standards
- Teamwork above individual excellence
- Feedback above grades
- Respond to changes above following a plan
Why is Agile more effective than other methods?
Ah, what’s the secret of Agile … can you answer the question for Agile in business?
Probably the answer in education is the same.
- Scrum@school scaffolds teamwork and the learning process
- Scrum board gives structure and insight for students and teachers
- Sprint Releases make end results achievable and prevent postponement
- Iterations and feedback loops (feedback, Review, Retro) stimulate a Kaizen mindset and progression in working and learning
- Scrum gives the team responsibility and autonomy for the HOW, that makes students grow
Where do you apply Agile in your curriculum?
Everywhere, schools are free to choose their methods.
- Secondary education: project work (Technasium, Econasium, Entreprenasium); sciences (math, physics, chemistry, technology); social sciences (history, geography, economics); languages (Dutch, English, Latin, French); arts; physical education.
- Secondary vocational education: project work in IT, Media, Technology, Tourism, Retail, Healthcare, Business, …
- Universities for applied sciences: Communication, Legal, Creative Design, Teacher Training, …
- Most important condition: teacher values cooperative learning and wants to stimulate self-organised learning.
How much time would it take for the teachers and the pupils to learn Agile?
For students this depends of their
- Age (pre teenagers are quick learners, teenagers and adolescents need more time)
- Level (low cognitive levels often lack self confidence to learn new methods and therefor need more time)
- Teacher (students of good (Scrum) teachers need less time)
- The amount of Scrum hours per week
- Most student can start with Scrum after an introduction of 2 – 3 lessons and need half a year to get used to Scrum when they scrum 3 – 5 lessons per week.
The results (especially grades, reflective skills, personal development) keep improving at least 2 years.
Teachers need 3 training sessions to start with Scrum, half a year to get used to Scrum and 2 – 3 years to reach the level of Agile Practitioner Education.
What are the improvements that you obtain by using Agile in a school?
- ownership and responsibility;
- better teamwork;
- better team players;
- connection with peers;
- more pleasure;
- Kaizen mindset;
- meeting deadlines;
- better results;
- better grades;
- deeper learning;
- personal development (skills and self-confidence);
- preparation for further education,
- internship and jobs.
- more time to do the important work (subject- and personal coaching);
- partnership in learning with their students;
How do you implement Agile at School?
- The teacher (or external client) gives the assignment and deadline to the teams.
- The teams are looking forward to a concrete final presentation: a presentation, report, assignment, design, test, film …
- The work is divided into short Sprints. Its length varies from a few lessons to a few days.
- After each Sprint, the teams provide an intermediate to which they receive feedback.
- This way they know if they are on the right track.
- Each team has its own Scrum board.
- All tasks and activities are on post-it and shift to To Do to Busy to Done.
- Short, practical ceremonies ensure the teams:
- are compiled based on additional qualities
- each meeting monitors progress and focuses on the job
- within deadlines
- after each Sprint reflect on product and process
- improve the quality of work after each Sprint
- improve your own collaboration after each Sprint