What to Expect in Each Chapter
Chapter One: Build a Common LanguageIn Chapter One, you will take away an understanding of the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization; how relationships matter in building a culture of learning and how a vision and shared beliefs support building the common language around personalized learning. Activities will center around the Personalization v. Differentiation v. Individualization (PDI) chart, adding your voice to the common language around personalized learning, brainstorming shared beliefs, and including prompts to consider when creating vision.
Chapter Two: How Learners Learn BestChapter Two provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how you use the UDL lens to understand how learners learn best. This chapter will provide an understanding of UDL as the lens to personalize learning, a foundation of the UDL Principles and Guidelines, how Access, Engage, and Express can be used to apply the UDL principles in practice, and how to develop expert learners.
Chapter Three: Develop Learner AgencyIn Chapter Three, we’ll discuss how to develop agency so that learners become independent, self-directed, and self-motivated. Learner agency involves seven elements: voice, choice, engagement, motivation, ownership, purpose, and self-efficacy. Each element includes its own continuum that learners and teachers can refer to as they move to agency. We include charts and graphics around each continuum and how learners move along each continuum from teacher-centered to learner-centered to learner-driven.
Chapter Four: Discover the Learner in Every ChildChapter Four introduces three helpful tools: the Learner Profile, Personal Learning Backpack, and Personal Learning Plan. The Learner Profile that includes Who I am as a Learner helps learners understand how they learn best. The Personal Learning Backpack includes a template and guide to collect resources and strategies to support how the learner learns. The Personal Learning Plan builds on the Profile and Backpack to help the learner identify strengths and challenges they have and then set goals and action steps to develop the skills to overcome these challenges and enhance their strengths. They will be able to identify how they will meet and monitor their learning goals.
Chapter Five: Personalize Learning for a Whole ClassChapter Five provides instructions, templates and strategies for the teacher to anticipate four learners at the ends of the learning spectrum to develop a Class Learning Snapshot. You can then use the template for the Class Learning Toolkit that includes the tools, apps, resources as well as the instructional methods to engage the maximum amount of learners in the class. This becomes a tool for teachers to universally design instruction that you will learn about in Chapter 6.
Chapter Six: Lesson Design with All Learners in MindChapter Six helps to reduce barriers to the curriculum by maximizing the learning for all learners using the UDL lens for the framework of Access, Engage and Express. We offer examples of strategies you can use to encourage voice and choice in lessons and activities in a Stage One Personalized Learning Environment. This chapter includes an understanding of the UDL Lesson Review Process by applying it to your own lesson, knowing how to create a vocabulary activity with visuals, and designing a lesson with all learners in mind.
Chapter Seven will show you how to help learners exercise their agency to go deeper into their learning. We’ll cover strategies to encourage learners to develop driving questions around a theme or concept, know the difference between projects and Project-based Learning (PBL), determine key understandings and standards, and create PBL activities that includes a pitch, reflection and how learners demonstrate evidence of learning as they learn.
Chapter Seven: Delve into Deeper Learning
Chapter Eight: Learner Agency across the StagesThe Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) was developed to provide a process for teachers who want to create learner-centered and eventually learner-driven environments. Stage One PLE is teacher-centered. Stage Two PLE is learner-centered. Stage Three PLE is learner-driven. We recently revised the Stages of PLE to version 5 and combined the seven elements of Learner Agency listed in Chapter 3 as a cross-walk so teachers can understand what personalized learning looks like at each stage.
Chapter Nine: Create a Culture of LearningPersonalized Learning environments cannot thrive without the right school culture. This chapter will include how to build a culture that cares about everyone, to understand the relationships between personal needs and school practice, to talk about personalizing learning with your learners and colleagues, and to develop a learning environment in your classroom that invites voice, choice, and engagement. The culminating activities include Connect the Dots and creating a 60 second speech on the rationale to personalize learning.
We designed this book to provide examples, models, practical strategies and activities for personalizing learning for teachers, administrators, parents and learners of all ages. We hope you enjoy this book as your guide to help you along your journey.
Overview of How to Personalize Learning