Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Book Study: How to Personalize Learning, Chapter 3 and 8


Chapters 3 and 8 were grouped together because the focus was on learner agency in both chapters.

In personalized learning environments, learners understand their strengths and challenges and are able to deploy learning strategies to support their learning. They are developing the skills to be self-directed learners who are able to monitor their progress and make connections with prior learning. In reviewing both chapters, we wanted participants to use resources from the book and go deeper into learner agency. The big question below is from our book, How to Personalize Learning on p. 35.


"How can you help learners develop agency to become self-regulated, expert learners?

We used the Q1, A1 format with these six questions:


Some of the graphics and stories participants shared were right out of our book or from their school or district. So we decided to share several tweets and examples from the chat along with the archive below.

Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216 who co-hosts #BookCampPD reviewed the Big Question and tweeted "love this graphic to help me understand about learner agency and it must be different from what most adults experienced."--->


Jodi Moskowitz @JodiMos discussed "how learners must get to know themselves as learners to make good choices in learning. This will make them enjoy learning and make it be meaningful."

Cathy Wiederick @cathylw2 answered a #whatif question with "learners and teachers as co-learners and co-designers. Design, innovate, empower! Fantastic!" And she added that evidence of learning is "when learners take it on themselves to care for projects out of hours, e.g. feed fish before class or construction lab on their own time."

Wayne Dorio @waynedorio shared "how rural Wilder, Idaho is leading the personalized learning revolution."  bit.ly/2tNuqvF --->

Marisa Hoskins @MsHoskinsTech shared a post "From a childhood love of Legos to careers in education and software engineering  http://crwd.fr/2r3kufU
Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216 shared evidence of learning with "learner interest = staying active during inside recess time, being part of a team and MUSIC." --->

Jill Gasson @GassonJill replied with "it means helping learners go from being receivers of knowledge to creators and discoverers of knowledge." Then she added "Voice and choice increases motivation, connects to their interests and builds confidence."

Benjamin Gaines, EdD @BGainesSummit invited us to watch: Handing over the Learning Keys from Vista Unified School District.










We would like to thank Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216 and Teresa Gross @teresagross625 for hosting #BookCampPD and for encouraging authors including us to do a summer book study.

Just received the #BookCampPD badge. Feeling appreciated!!









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 3 and 8 below for your convenience and as a resource.