Teacher Innovation #3: “SCRUM It Up with Kanban with a Side of Trello”

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Post number 3 comes from another colleague and friend, Keith Phillips. Keith is part of my school’s CTE (Career & Technology Education) department and has run and developed our Audio/Visual & Film program for the last four years. Keith is one of my favorite teachers to collaborate with on various projects. He is basically fearless when it comes to trying out new tech and pedagogical approaches in his classroom. He’s a sponge for learning and when he catches fire for something in his classroom, the results are incredible for the kids. His post today introduces SCRUM, a project management protocol found within the Agile model of project design, which fortune 500 companies and various universities use. Keith uses SCRUM to run his many on-going projects and prepare his students for the project methodology they’ll likely see in their careers (A/V careers or otherwise). Finally, Keith dives into how he is transitioning to SCRUM online for his students using a program called Trello.

Previous Teacher Innovation Entries: Part 1 // Part 2

by Keith Phillips


If you came into the start of my class this past year you may have heard me say, “SCRUM it up!” and wonder why I was using a rugby term in my classroom.  For those that have never heard of SCRUM, it is an Agile framework for completing complex projects.  When working with SCRUM, the project leader or Scrum Master leads his group members            through a standing meeting.  In the SCRUM each member must answer three questions; What did I do yesterday?, What am I doing today?, and        Did I have any roadblocks?.  The Scrum Master keeps everyone on task and anything that isn’t relevant to the three questions gets placed into the “Parking Lot” for discussion at a later time.  This helps all group members to stay on task and limits the length of the meeting. Continue reading


Borrowing: How Film Study Can Influence Traditional Modes of Literacy


It’s been a while. The week of July fourth I was in Indiana with friends and family, and since then it has been all about wrapping up the most arduous doctorate semester yet! The difficulty has been good though. I’ve really learned a great deal about myself, my interests, and knowing now what I don’t know, which is really valuable to moving forward I believe. In my last post, I promised I would share one of the lessons presented in a class that I totally plan on co-opting. I’m going to share the basic premise of the lesson and provide some insight into how I’ll use and structure it myself. The lesson was originally designed by a master’s student who is about to go into the classroom for the first time. Based on his lesson, I’d say he has a bright future as an ELA teacher! As the title above indicates, the lesson involves using film as a literacy.  Continue reading