Happy New Year!
2016 has been an amazing year for us. Not only did we just release our second book, How to Personalize Learning in October 2016, many of our posts during this year have had over 10,000 hits each. All of the continuums we created with Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth - (http://sylviaduckworth.com) in 2016 were in our top 15 along with some awesome guest posts. We really appreciate you, our readers of our posts and our followers on social media, so we decided to pull together the top 15 posts from this year and share them with you.
Starr Sackstein, @mssackstein, high school English teacher and author, shared in a guest post strategies from her book, The Power of Questioning and many other books that she has authored including her latest, Hacking Homework. A quote from Starr says it all: “If I had tried to plans this lesson the way I did earlier in my career, we probably would have missed out on a deeper level of learner inquiry that continued for several days.”
#13 - Learner Profile
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. Establishing a clear purpose for learning encourages a desire to increase a deeper understanding of that purpose.
Self-efficacy holds significant implications both for learners and educators in the journey to nurture high levels of skill and knowledge. Learners with a strong sense of self-efficacy approach complex and challenging learning tasks with a sense of confidence that if they use good strategies, practice smart persistence and utilize the full range of resources available to them, they can and will succeed.
Brian Anton, @FHS_Anton, is a high school social studies teacher in Missouri who focuses on Project-Based Learning and shared his experiences in a guest post. “One of the most difficult parts of our jobs as educators is to create a learning environment where our learners are engaged and meet content and curriculum goals. From my experience, the single most important challenge that needs to be addressed to earn engagement in our classrooms is to develop a culture of learner autonomy--allowing and encouraging learners to take control of their own learning.”
The Continuum of Engagement provides the characteristics of a learner as they move from being passive about learning to being in the flow. Step up the ladder to see how a learner moves from compliant to flow so you can picture what it looks and sounds like in a classroom when learners start engaging in the learning process. If you walk in a classroom, you might be able to see and hear engagement or the lack of it.
#1 - The most hits this year and over time has been our Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization (PDI) version 3 chart
We want to thank all the educators who are passionate about teaching and making a difference for each child. Look for the 10 Trends of Personalized Learning in January 2017 along with more chats in #plearnchat. We are honored and humbled when you find our ideas helpful.
We wish you a very happy and safe new year!
Barbara and Kathleen