Monday, October 24, 2016

Dipping Your Toes into Personalized Learning


The focus of #plearnchat folded in the season of haunted houses and Halloween. When we first introduced our Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization (PDI) chart, some teachers were fearful of jumping in. Personalized Learning looked too scary. So this chat was about not being afraid to transform teaching and learning, because you can start small by dipping your toes into personalized learning using the Stages of Personalized Learning Environments.

"Start Small to Dream Big"
Bryan Bronn @bronnb


We thought of Bryan's quote when we came up with the big question:


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


The conversations were streaming by in this chat so fast that the hour just flew by. What an amazing group of educators from all over the world shared so much. We chose a few quotes from the chat to share with you. We do encourage you to check out the storify archive at the bottom of this page.


Nellie Mae Ed. Foundation @NellieMaieEdFdn

"We see #personalizedlearning as one of four tenants of #studentcentered learning. Learn more at http://studentsattthecenterhub.org."

Mike Mohammed @Mo_Physics

"Many think Personalized Learning is the process of removing challenge and rigor from instruction. But actually it is about removing systemic obstacles."

Noa Daniel @noasbobs

"Sharing is the best way to help embed a learning culture. Instead of "another" way, it can become THE way." 

Kevin Foley ‏@FoleyKev

"In my school STEAM Room learning is often pupil led. Dont underestimate the power of pupil led learning."

Lisa Murray ‏@LMurray_

"Build relationships. Talk with students. Check progress and talk about what they are doing well. Get to know them."

Brian Anton @FHS_Anton

"Allowing teachers the freedom to tinker and experiment within reason. Encourage them to build on what works with small changes."

Gabrielle Marquette @fearlessteachrs

"We are doing #efhsinnovationhour instead of faculty meetings. Teachers need to experience personal learning."

Colleen @bergincolleen

"Encouraging voice and choice in learning is easy with research papers in my class. Wish we weren't restricted to books."




Congratulations to Dr. Lynell Powell, @drjoy77, for winning our book, Make Learning Personal


Dr. Lynell Powell currently serves as a professional learning specialist in the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Her primary role is supporting a group of teachers, called Design Fellows, in exemplifying what personalized learning could look like in a variety of classrooms. She is most grateful to the leadership in Virginia Beach City Public Schools who has given her an opportunity to work with such an amazing group of teachers. She is also passionate about joy in schools and writes her own blog http://drjoyblog.com .

Personalized Learning in Virginia Beach City Public Schools:  http://vbplearn.weebly.com 
Follow the hashtag #vbplearn to see examples of personalized learning in action from the design fellows.

Blogs
Design Fellows Up Close and Personal
Domain 1 Education Competencies for Personalized Teaching

Lynell Powell, Ed.D.

Professional Learning Specialist
Office of Professional Growth and Innovation



"Allow students opportunities to reflect. Give them space."
"Gathering student feedback is essential."
Dr. Lynell Powell



Our new book, How to Personalize Learning, has launched. Yeah! This book is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Chapter Eight is all about learner agency across the Stages of Personalized Learning Environments.

How to Personalize Learning is now available.


Save the Date: Monday, November 7th

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 the Stages of Personalized Learning below for your convenience and as a resource.




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.