Reimagining Assignments

Creating an Example of What We Are Trying to Achieve

It is our mission to nurture creators, inventors, and innovators — students prepared to learn, grow, and take ethical action
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Creating an Example of What We Are Trying to Achieve

Unlocking Student Potential with Personalized Learning

By George Yeager and Sarah Evans George Yeager is currently a third grade teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy in West
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Unlocking Student Potential with Personalized Learning

Students as Co-Creators to Improve Their Achievement

The element that stood out to me most powerfully from my review of the first chapter of Students at the
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Students as Co-Creators to Improve Their Achievement

Adding Personalized Learning to Our Annual Writing Project

By George Yeager and Sarah Evans George Yeager is currently a third grade teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy in West
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Adding Personalized Learning to Our Annual Writing Project

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Assignments?

The heart of personalized learning is the daily assignments we design with students.

This category showcases how teacher-leaders reimagine existing assignments or generate new ideas. Each assignment ideally is designed to:

  • Create opportunities for students to personalize the idea, inquiry, or challenge
  • Focus on what matters — provide diverse opportunities rich with feedback to practice, problem-solve, make sense of important concepts, knowledge and skills
  • Use authentic genres or forms to demonstrate learning — application of learning that has value beyond the school walls
  • Network with peers, experts, community to seek information, get feedback, or share ideas

Creating an Example of What We Are Trying to Achieve

It is our mission to nurture creators, inventors, and innovators — students prepared to learn, grow, and take ethical action to solve real-world problems — through exploration, analysis, debate, imagination, collaboration, and calculated risk-taking. Why is this important? Educational success can no longer be about reproducing content knowledge, but about applying behavior, knowledge, and skill to novel situations. We must change the way we perceive jobs and careers because automation is reshaping the workforce. This...

Unlocking Student Potential with Personalized Learning

By George Yeager and Sarah Evans George Yeager is currently a third grade teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. George currently co-teaches in a self contained classroom with partner, Sarah Evans. Sarah Evans is a National Board Certified third grade teacher and mentor with over 20 years of...

Students as Co-Creators to Improve Their Achievement

The element that stood out to me most powerfully from my review of the first chapter of Students at the Center was the concept of student as co-creators in personalized learning. To have a student walk beside you and shape their learning— not behind you, following your lead. As I’ve sought to implement personalized learning in an classroom which must also meet the requirements of an AP course, I found the idea of student co-creation...

Adding Personalized Learning to Our Annual Writing Project

By George Yeager and Sarah Evans George Yeager is currently a third grade teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. George currently co-teaches in a self contained classroom with partner, Sarah Evans. Sarah Evans is a National Board Certified third grade teacher and mentor with over 20 years of...

Real Challenges — In Every Sense of the Word

From Allison: Authenticity is powerful when it is thoughtfully combined and connected. This is the story of West Windsor Plainsboro, New Jersey’s focus on measuring what matters according to their mission statement by providing an annual opportunity for 8th grade students to tackle some of the thorniest global challenges in a self-directed manner. The power of the experience lies in students navigating not just the complexity of the global challenge but also leveraging their voice...

Seven Keys to Creative Collaboration

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This blog was originally posted on spencerauthor.com. To hear more from John Spencer, you can also listen to his podcast, The Creative Classroom with John Spencer. I'm not a fan of group work. I have vivid memories of doing "team projects" where I completed various tasks while other members disappeared. As a classroom teacher, I preferred to plan alone, dreaming up projects and planning out units in isolation. I am comfortable in my own mind...

A High School Student Team’s Award Winning PSA on Opioid Use: “The Cork Board”

The creative collaboration demonstrated by a group of high school students in Madison, Conn. is so powerful … by design. High school teacher Luke Arsenault created an opportunity in his Intro to Video course for students to tackle conveying metaphorical ideas, while maintaining video quality, with the hope that they incorporate them into the Public Service Announcement. "I was so proud of one of my groups, they were determined to find an effective metaphor for...

Using Essential Questions to Engage Student Inquiry

The key to teaching for understanding is to foster ongoing inquiry into important "big ideas." A natural way to actively engage students in such inquiry is to use a few Essential Questions (EQs) to frame a curriculum unit. The explicit use of EQs sends a powerful signal that learning something deeply is about making meaning, not simply the acquisition of factual knowledge and discrete skills. More specifically, the deliberate use of Essential Questions: makes it...

Student Portfolios: the Narrative of Learning

One of the seven elements of personalized learning we describe in our book Students at the Center: Personalized Learning With Habits of Mind is a Cumulative Demonstration of Learning. As designers, we ask the question–– how do we create opportunities for students to show evidence of learning over time? So often, we focus on the moment and forget the importance of recognizing how important it is to observe growth across the years within the content...

The Anatomy of a Reflection

Originally posted on RelevantED and reprinted with permission. Reflection is an integral part of Personalized Mastery Learning. In this reflection by Aveson 4th grader, Ava Strauss, we see a deep dive into the student’s understanding of her learning, her challenges and how to improve the skills necessary to impact her academic performance. The reflection moves beyond what she likes and enjoys to demonstrating a richer meaning garnered from her experiences. This project was so fun...