Elevating team projects through agile methodology
The Wellington School
Agile, Project management, Leadership
Challenge & Considerations
My co-teacher and I designed curriculum for the course “Advertising the Environment.” This course would ask students to produce a marketing campaign on behalf of the environment. We decided to adapt Agile/Scrum methodologies to the classroom.
Many group projects in the past tended to become unbalanced, with one or two students doing all the work and the entire group earning the same grade.
Implementing Scrum would take convincing other teachers/administrators that the system would lead to stronger student work.
We could find no curriculum that already used Scrum, so my co-teacher and I would need to figure out the application from scratch.
I began by getting Scrum Master certification. This 16-hour course covered all aspects of the framework in a business setting.
I then served as the school’s unofficial Scrum Master, introducing both students and teachers to the framework through large group presentations.
We saw group project performance increase dramatically. Being able to track individual student contributions offered incentives to each student.
At the end of the course, we launched “Trash Week,” a full school information campaign on the production and reduction of waste.
Other teachers have adopted the Scrum framework in their classes for group projects.