Monday, October 10, 2016

Foster Purpose for a Meaningful Life


We focused the #plearnchat for 10/10/16 on the elements of the Continuum of Purpose, and it was trending on Twitter with great conversations.

The purpose of learning is about learners being prepared for their future and reaching their fullest potential as lifelong learners. This means that they have a voice with the confidence to express their ideas and opinions so they are heard and taken into account in any situation.

The whole sense of purpose is bigger than self. When you have a purpose, it has a broader reach, is self-fulfilling, and gives you a meaningful and purposeful life. But this doesn't happen right away, so we created questions that explored each of the elements in the continuum under the big question:

How can we foster purpose so learners have a meaningful life?


We followed the Q1, A1 format with the following questions:



Discussions started off with a bang about learners expressing what they know and believe to gain confidence.



Christine Baker ‏@CMBPensacola

"Opportunity. Start small with safe zone and expand to global. Model this and let them assist in school setting."


Noa Daniel ‏@noasbobs

"By creating a culture for risk taking and a community of learners who listen to and support each other under Teacher guidance."




The conversations really expanded when we asked to move learners beyond conformity around grades and groupthink.


Mark Levine ‏@LevineWrites

"Students need to celebrate growth and new learning. It’s about the excitement of new knowledge that matters!"

Carolyn Foote ‏@technolibrary

"Use the library as a space/resource for students to explore their passions w/genius hour or passion projects "

Starr Sackstein‏@mssackstein

"We must stop grading and teach students to talk about their learning in a meaningful way."


Lisa Murray ‏@LMurray_

"Fill their day with opportunities. Let them shine and celebrate their successes. Push when they need it."




Then we were on a roll talking about self-awareness, empathy, curiosity and passions. The conversations went by so fast.


Dylan Smith ‏@applePulp

"Students exercise and develop empathy when learning is other-centred, e.g., design thinking, issues-based inquiry, service, etc."


White Educator ‏@whiteeducator

"Model asking questions, tell your story, expose student to different speakers, careers, places. Help them to see the world."






Congratulations to Dylan Smith who won our book, Make Learning Personal.


Dylan Smith, @applepulp, is a long-time public educator in Ottawa, Ontario. He has been a classroom teacher, a school learning support teacher, and a district-wide differentiation coach for grades 4-8 teachers of very able students. 
Dylan’s professional interests include equity and inclusive education, motivating underachievers, school improvement, and professional learning. He has enjoyed delivering presentations on differentiated instruction to staffs at more than 30 schools.

"Ensure student products embody voice, choice, and creativity are displayed and celebrated."




Our new book, How to Personalize Learning, is to be released really soon: October 18th, 2016. Yeah! This book is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Chapter Three is all about learner agency and goes into more details with all of the continuums including the Continuum of Purpose. 

How to Personalize Learning is now available for pre-order at a discount.





Save the Date: Monday, October 24th

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST and 7pm EST

Our next #plearnchat Topic: Launching How to Personalize Learning

Big Question:
How can teachers create an environment that personalizes learning for all learners?




We archived the entire #plearnchat about Continuum of Purpose below for your convenience and as a resource.