Monday, November 21, 2016

The Importance of Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy is about learners of any age having a voice about what they believe in and to speak up for themselves. This aligns with our goals for personalizing learning. So we decided to focus on self-advocacy skills for our November 21st #plearnchat topic.

We believe that every learner at any age needs self-advocacy skills. They need to find out about their rights and to know how to get the help they need when they need it. They also need to know how to find the information that will give them the background knowledge of a topic so they can defend any position.


We put together questions around self-advocacy that stretched the conversations using the Q1, A1 format:



Just read how some of the educators who joined us in #plearnchat were able to advocate for their positions about these questions from the tweets they shared: 



Travis Lape @travislape

We need to get learners away from compliance and competition in school. It is about what is best for their learning.



Colleen @bergincolleen

Teaches learners how to stand on their own two feet - no greater pride than knowing you did it on your own without help!



Brian Rozinsky @brianrozinsky

Those self-evident truths (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) -- nobody's serving them up on a platter; they demand agency.



Carol Frey Reinagel @MrsReinagel

Goal-setting and accomplishing. Have them self-evaluate. Give them a voice, no matter how soft it may be. Give them choices.


Mike Mohammed @Mo_physics

Self-advocacy is all about knowing what you want and what you need to get there. Or simply put: LIFE


Lisa Murray @LMurray_

I wish I snapped a picture of the learner I met with today who met her goal for the week. Her smile was priceless.

Evan Brudney @TheBrudneyBunch

Self-advocacy helps learners tailor their learning to fit the best way possible. Increases their motivation to learn!



Darren Ellwein @dellwein

Our group building/mindset activities in the first four weeks help learners develop the skills of self-advocacy. Learning inventories are a must to understand how they learn.



Susan Zanti @SusZanti5

Celebrate attempts at learning, show them as opportunities for growth, Listen to understand, and encourage effort.



Mark Levine @LevineWrites

We need to let them have voice and unlearn that we are the Master Minds...we are guides and they are the voice! 

Lemarr Treadwell M.Ed @LemarTreadwell

Opportunities to allow learners to Make Their Thinking Visible.




Congratulations to Meredith Johnson for winning our book, How to Personalize Learning


Meredith Johnson, @mjjohnson1216, is an Intervention Support Specialist at Collier County Public Schools in Marco Island, Florida. She seeks out others to work collaboratively with in the integration of 21st Century Learning skills.  Meredith participates in annual self-assessment monitoring of student records in compliance with all requirements of IDEA and its regulations; Florida Statutes related to Special programs for Exceptional students; and Exceptional Student Education/Florida Education Finance Program (ESE/FEFP). She assists district and school-based administrators with F.T.E., student projections, compliance monitoring, and federal, state and local reports.


"Self-advocating increases joy, motivation, ownership in success
and is a choice we all make each day."

Meredith loves working with children, guiding them in developing their academic achievement and using technology as a tool to help them achieve their goals. She is a passionate educator who has loved every minute of the past four decades working with teams of teachers to improve the educational process for children. Meredith is looking forward to adventures with future innovations that will help students become well prepared for the future ahead of them.

"How about holding discussions with learners about what these
self care ideas mean to them? Beginning steps in self advocacy."






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Save the Date, Monday, December 5th for our next #plearnchat

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



We archived the entire #plearnchat about Self-Advocacy below for your convenience and as a resource.