Intrinsic’s “pods” are designed so students intuitively use different areas of the learning environment for teacher-led instruction, peer-to-peer learning and independent work.
Pods serve 60 students and are staffed by three adults, two core subject teachers and a special education or assistant teacher.
Each area of the pod is named and uses visible landmarks for easy student navigation.
allows me to do small group instruction or one-on-one tutoring the majority of each day,”
students rotate through each space during the 90-minute English block, Ashley and her co-teacher Bryan Podell never teach more than 15 students at a time.
plan four or more literacy lessons, sometimes using different novels, that are tailored to the needs of each group
piloting a mastery-based classroom where students are learning six different levels of math ranging from Algebra to Pre-Calculus, reflecting the diverse academic needs of their students
The structure makes it difficult to revert back to the whole class approaches found in traditional classrooms.
co-teachers 90 minutes of common planning time every day so teaching teams can thoughtfully design the flow of student activities across the different pod spaces
Paradoxically, adopting more structures and systems in its second year resulted in more innovation, not less
changing everything means changing nothing
structure unlocked innovation. These initiatives lie in stark contrast to Intrinsic’s earlier innovation attempts where too much complexity meant defaulting back to traditional structures and approaches.
beginning work on second-order innovations
creating a “genius hour” to support more student choice and independence
building mobile data tools that teachers can use while commuting on the bus
strategically using adaptive software to further individualize learning
school innovation tends to go down once students start showing up for class