Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Book Study: How to Personalize Learning Chapters 7 & 9

The conversations for #plearnchat on 7/27/17 involved Chapters 7 and 9 of How to Personalize Learning. Chapter 7 "Delve into Deeper Learning" is about how learners use voice and choice to develop agency. Here's an overview of that chapter from page 113, "When learners have agency, they are taking ideas and concepts deeper. The learning environment changes. The culture and climate in the classroom changes. Yet these changes do not happen right away."

Chapter 7 provides strategies to go deeper by incorporating the process of project-based learning (PBL). "PBL activities serve as a strategy to allow learners to play, experiment, do meaningful tasks, and collaborate with peers and community members on local and global issues." p. 115 There are planning forms, templates, activities, stories, and tips for PBL.

Chapter 9 "Create a Culture of Learning" is about building a positive culture based on trust and respect. On p. 149, there is a description about "when you walk into a school, you can get a feel for the culture just by listening and seeing what is happening in the halls, classrooms, and faculty room." This chapter explains why relationships between personal needs and school practices matter. There are culture building activities, stories, and tips.

The big question for #plearnchat Summer Book Study for Chapters 7 and 9:

"How do you create an environment that encourages
deeper learning and builds a positive culture?"

The questions and responses for the Summer Book Study used the Q1, A1 format:

Discussions were lively and #plearnchat was trending with all the tweets. This was fun and some didn't want to stop. Below are just a few of the quotes and graphics from tweets that were retweeted multiple times.

Darren Ellwein @dellwein
"Find a connection to a problem, even a global problem, to be solved. The #designthinking process with Ss white boarding!"

Beth Topinka @BTopink
"My community problem solvers club is pursuing an evolving PBL, tackling local invasive species problem. High level of student engagement."
Lee Araoz @LeeAraoz
"The Inquiry Learning Cycle can be used for personalized, passion-driven learning." 

Mary Kay Kelly @mkkelly1966
"Learners must find a topic they are passionate about. It is our job to help and support them as they focus on this passion." 

Elyse Hahne @Hahne_Elyse
"Students need to feel comfortable enough in their classroom to take risks, be encouraged, and to be challenged. Cultivate relationships."

Sean M. Arnold @seanmarnold
"Monitor the rubric-also does the project solve the problem in the best way - did you consider the user through design thinking."

Jodi Moskowitz @JodiMos
"Relationships are the key 🔑 to everything! We can't teach students without them. We can't work with others without them."

Pam Hubler @specialtechie
"Without relationships, teachers don't know what their students need, desire, fee, etc. Students have to know they come first."

LemarrTreadwell M.Ed @LemarrTreadwell
"Relationships are the glue that allows the greatest student learning. Period!"

Brandon Brown @branowar
"Relationships are vital components of engagement, management, effort, attitude. I mean, what else is there? So powerful!" 

Brian Durst @RESP3CTtheGAME
"Have learners attach commentary to changes they make throughout the revision process. Strong metacognition practice."

Gavin Sonntag @Gavin_Sonntag
"Have them assess their learning! Self-assessment allows students to understand the purpose and where they match up to the learning goal!"

Tosh @ToshMcGaughty
"They can read and track feedback from (hopefully) a variety of assessments to compare with their learning goals."

Noa Daniel @noasbobs
"Relationships are foundational and dynamic. We can't nurture something that isn't alive and growing."

Shelly Vohra Ph.D. @raspberryberet3
"The first month of a school must be about building community; if you don't know your students, how can you design rich experiences? If you class/course was optional, would students sign up?"

Julie Giese @juliegiese
"My mindset changed when I realized that everyone's light bulb goes off at a different time, and they shouldn't be penalized for this."

Several people mentioned Rita Pierson's Ted Talk from May, 2013 "Every kid needs a Champion" when we discussed relationships. So here it is:

How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Chapters 7 and 9 below for your convenience and as a resource.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer Book Study - How to Personalize Learning, Chapters 4, 5 and 6

In the third session of our Summer Book Study, our conversations around Chapters 4, 5 and 6 looked closer at using the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express. Using the UDL Lens in a three-step process that includes the Learner Profile, Personal Learning Backpack and Personal Learning Plan helps each learner tell their story and acquire the tools and skills to be independent learners. This lead us to the next conversations about how to PL for a whole class and design lessons with all learners in mind.

Session 3 - July 20th
hosted by Kathleen

Chapter 4: Discover the Learner in Every Child
Chapter 5: Personalize Learning for the Whole Class
Chapter 6: Lesson Design with All Learners in Mind


The Big Question 

How can the UDL Lens be used to develop learner agency with all learners and to inform your daily instruction?


We used the Q1, A1 format and asked the following six questions:

The conversations began about learners sharing their stories using the Learner Profile, what is in their Personal Learning Backpacks and what goals could be created in a Personal Learning Plan. This created a dynamic dialogue that we have shared below. From this #plearnchat, Pam Hubler created a #hyperdoc on becoming an Expert Learner. A visual of that is shared below the quotes. Enjoy!

I strive for my student learning to be visible whenever possible. When I can see them learning and growing w 100% engagement!
I really look to the classroom snapshot when trying to start with addressing room full of different learners. It is invaluable.
Know what your students need to be successful. Design lessons and supports with them in mind. Be flexible!

Lisa Murray

Conference w/ Ss and reflect on work. Plan together. They are more vested and understand why they are learning it.

Sean M. Arnold
I’ve got a pretty full backpack-some cool new tools are some VR apps to help students with mobility issues have experiences.

 And here is the Hyperdoc created by Pam Hubler after this #plearnchat. Thank you, Pam!

Join Barbara next Thursday on Chapters 7 and 9!


How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Chapters 4, 5 and 6 below for your convenience and as a resource.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Book Study: How to Personalize Learning, Chapter 3 and 8

Chapters 3 and 8 were grouped together because the focus was on learner agency in both chapters.

In personalized learning environments, learners understand their strengths and challenges and are able to deploy learning strategies to support their learning. They are developing the skills to be self-directed learners who are able to monitor their progress and make connections with prior learning. In reviewing both chapters, we wanted participants to use resources from the book and go deeper into learner agency. The big question below is from our book, How to Personalize Learning on p. 35.

"How can you help learners develop agency to become self-regulated, expert learners?

We used the Q1, A1 format with these six questions:

Some of the graphics and stories participants shared were right out of our book or from their school or district. So we decided to share several tweets and examples from the chat along with the archive below.

Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216 who co-hosts #BookCampPD reviewed the Big Question and tweeted "love this graphic to help me understand about learner agency and it must be different from what most adults experienced."--->

Jodi Moskowitz @JodiMos discussed "how learners must get to know themselves as learners to make good choices in learning. This will make them enjoy learning and make it be meaningful."

Cathy Wiederick @cathylw2 answered a #whatif question with "learners and teachers as co-learners and co-designers. Design, innovate, empower! Fantastic!" And she added that evidence of learning is "when learners take it on themselves to care for projects out of hours, e.g. feed fish before class or construction lab on their own time."

Wayne Dorio @waynedorio shared "how rural Wilder, Idaho is leading the personalized learning revolution." --->

Marisa Hoskins @MsHoskinsTech shared a post "From a childhood love of Legos to careers in education and software engineering
Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216 shared evidence of learning with "learner interest = staying active during inside recess time, being part of a team and MUSIC." --->

Jill Gasson @GassonJill replied with "it means helping learners go from being receivers of knowledge to creators and discoverers of knowledge." Then she added "Voice and choice increases motivation, connects to their interests and builds confidence."

Benjamin Gaines, EdD @BGainesSummit invited us to watch: Handing over the Learning Keys from Vista Unified School District.

We would like to thank Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216 and Teresa Gross @teresagross625 for hosting #BookCampPD and for encouraging authors including us to do a summer book study.

Just received the #BookCampPD badge. Feeling appreciated!!

How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Chapters 3 and 8 below for your convenience and as a resource.