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.

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