His metaphor for moving from an industrial model of education to an agricultural model is precisely what we are doing as we become stronger in our practices implementing the workshop model inside of our classrooms. Farmers use varied strategies for growing different crops. Not every seed cultivates in the same climate, soil, or even under the same conditions. They must also provide just-in-time direct instruction when they see that their crops are not flourishing. Some years particular crops take longer to bloom than others, flexible pacing.
All of these personalized learning principles are evident in the workshop format that we use in our classrooms. As we move forward cultivating our student's learning with this agricultural model in mind, we all continue to do what is best for our students.