Monday, July 25, 2016

Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn

The theme of tonight’s #plearnchat was Learn, Unlearn, Relearn. We wanted to touch on this topic in personalizing learning because learning is not just about acquiring knowledge, it’s also about monitoring your knowledge and habits to see if it’s necessary to set aside old ideas and methods in order to embrace new ones.

In the words of Lao Tzu, “To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” We would venture to add to this quote, “and to truly learn and replace the old paradigms by embracing new concepts and ideas.”

Big Question: Why would kids need to know how to learn, unlearn and relearn?

We used the Q1, A1 format with the following questions.

Right from Q1, the participation was amazing. In asking how "unlearning and relearning impacts teaching practice and what needs to be unlearned and relearned" here are several memorable quotes:

Christine YH @ChristineYH

"Unlearning and relearning require learners (me included) to trust and be vulnerable. Requires convincing. Habits hard to break."

Carol Frey Reinagel @MrsReinagel

"promotes inquiry based learning so learners have a vested interest in what they are learning. They need to understand the unlearning."

Joanne Robson @eMPOWERedNZ

"Know thy learners (Hattie) Know thy WHY? - educative purpose and context of school/community. Learn unlearn relearn - mindset."

John Connell @I_am_Learner

"Do we need to determine this for our learners? We need to teach them how to unlearn and relearn and how to know when they should."

Each question brought amazing discussions that pushed the conversations deeper. Here's a few more quotes:

Mark Levine @LevineWrites

"It takes time for all teachers to "buy in" even when it is easier and for the better. Change needs to be celebrated!"

Nancy Sulla @nsulla

"Real-world problems engage kids through "purpose, mastery, autonomy" (@DanielPink) in #LATIC classrooms. Unlearning required!"

Jacie Maslyk @DrJacieMaslyk

"Unlearn/relearn happens a lot in a #Makerspace. New things to figure out. Adjust the mindset."

Congratulations to Paul O'Neill for winning our book, Make Learning Personal.

Paul O'Neill @pauloneill1972 is an Educational Game Changer who enjoys growth-minded, reflective exchanges. His sixteen years as an educator include service as Dean of Behavioral Management and teacher of students with special needs at Lacey Township High School in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.

"I throw away the box. Take a deep breath and say let's get started without boundaries."

Linkedin Profile: pauloneill1972
Paul's latest post "The Power of Belief"

Our new book, How to Personalize Learning, is to be released Fall 2016. We discuss how to encourage voice and choice by having learners create Learner Profiles, Personal Learning Backpacks, and Personal Learning Plans with the teacher as a partner in learning. It is now available for pre-order at a discount.

Both of our books are available with a 20% discount from Corwin before August 31st with this code N167B9.

Save the Date (in 3 weeks)

Our next #plearnchat (Continuum of Ownership)
Monday, August 15th at 4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST and 7pm EST.

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn below for your convenience and as a resource.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Learning about Making PBL Personal

Project-Based Learning (PBL) has been around for many years, and now it is being implemented with authentic learning where learners delve into deeper learning.

For years, PBL focused on learners completing projects where they created the same product. Most projects were due after a unit of study was completed. These projects were directed by the teacher and did not involve authentic learning experiences. Today, PBL has morphed into creating deeper learning opportunities that are truly about the process and allow learners to learn at their own pace.

Now,  PBL encourages learners to play, experiment, choose and do tasks meaningful to them as they collaborate on community and global issues. Their evidence of learning comes when learners have the freedom to collect resources, brainstorm questions and own their learning. Project-Based Learning and Personalized Learning are the perfect partnership to inspire and create deeper learning.

We wanted to investigate Project-Based Learning with our #plearnchat PLN and tonight we came together to engage in a discussion about Project-Based Learning centered around our big question: 

"How do you encourage learner voice and choice in PBL activities?”

Here are some thoughts and ideas that educators shared in our chat tonight: 

Laura Ramsbottom @lramsbot

Assessment & reflection should be embedded in the process. Where are we at? Where do we want to go? What new Qs do we have? 

Nancy White @NancyW

Having authentic audience to provide feedback to PBL projects is powerful. Students weigh this against own goals in reflection.

Erin English, Ed.D. @eenglished

The hardest part of changing the student and teacher interaction is to not look for the first and best answer.

Greg Richards @jazzmeister2013

Responsibility in PBL makes the learning authentic, relevant, real. Adds value to the process; builds appreciation for the growth.

Congratulations to Toni Olivieri-Barton for winning our book, Make Learning Personal.

Toni Olivieri-Barton @toniobarton is a Library Technology Educator at Fountain Valley School. Previously, she was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs and before that worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School.  In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her school and also maintains a blog about technology integration.

Professional Blog:
Linkedin: Toni Olivieri-Barton
Toni's wiki

We go deeper into Project-Based Learning in our new book, How to Personalize Learning, to be released Fall 2016. We discuss how to encourage voice and choice along with learner strategies for each element of PBL  It is now available for pre-order at a discount.

Save the Date

Our next #plearnchat (Learn, Unlearn, Relearn)
Monday, July 25th at 4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST and 7pm EST.

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Making PBL Personal below for your convenience and as a resource.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Resources and Things to do for Summer Learning

Tonight's #plearnchat is an example of a PLN at it's finest and that's when sharing ideas, resources and conference tips in order for educators to grow as learners and push their thinking. Educators need time to replenish their teaching arsenals, be introduced to fresh ideas and learn from one another during the summer when they have time to ponder learning. It's the perfect time for educators to grow as learners so they can best encourage their learners in the fall.

You might be asking yourself why conduct a chat devoted to sharing resources?

Mark Levine @LevineWrites

The field of education is a garden and every educator has a pack of magic seeds to share.

Carol Frey Reinagel ‏@MrsReinagel

Notice and Note: Nonfiction; Choose to Learn, Learn to Choose. Innovators Mindset for sure. Grit

Shelly PhD ‏@raspberryberet3

Tips at conferences: I always have a copy of my day; where I'm going, title of sessions; do research on presenter. Have Qs ready.

Tonight's PLN did not disappoint. If you're looking for a good read, look no further and check out what our PLN is reading, plus tips for conference go-ers, inspiring educators to follow, and their favorite blogs and articles.

Congratulations to Spiri Howard for winning our book, Make Learning Personal.

Spiri Howard, @itsmespiri, is a Gifted and Talented Teacher and ELA Curriculum Coordinator at Commonwealth Charter Academy, a K-12 cyber and blended learning environment. She is passionate and committed to learner development by establishing productive learning environments and utilizing project based learning techniques. Spiri strongly feels infusing technology into curriculum design and instruction is vital to the development of learners into 21st century thinkers. She is also a PBS Local Digital Innovator 2016.

        Check out Spiri's blog: fromthecyberside

Save the Date

Our next #plearnchat (Make PBL Personal)
Monday, July 11th at 4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST and 7pm EST

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Summer Learning below for your convenience and as a resource.