Reimagining Curriculum

The Power of Learning Principles

Written with support from Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins Picture a powerful learning experience you have had. Now describe what made
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The Power of Learning Principles

Teaching Shakespeare to Kids: Making the Process Fun

By Herman Davis. Herman is passionate about K-12 education and loves exploring different ways to make learning a fun experience.
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Teaching Shakespeare to Kids: Making the Process Fun

Personalized Learning Perspective from a High School Student

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of being a voice of 42,000 students in my school district of Henry County.
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Personalized Learning Perspective from a High School Student

Practices in the Classroom are Practices for Life

In Students at the Center, Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda identify seven key elements to consider when designing student centered
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Practices in the Classroom are Practices for Life

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Curriculum?

Curriculum is a creative act — a journey we design to inspire and excite our students.

This category features how educators are leading transformations of an individual course, subject area, or schooling with their students. The goal is to offer curricular space for students to imagine, create, and innovate; pay attention to detail, practice, hone skills; and work through challenges that require both perseverance and thinking flexibly. All three of these categories are significant and interrelated.

Ideally, personalized learning curricula:

  • Identify goals of learning based on state/ministry/national frameworks that is written in student-friendly language
  • Develop questions or challenges that encourage students to think, problem-solve, and imagine
  • Design performance or product opportunities that mirror what people in the field and communities do
  • Use existing and seek out new assessment/instructional resources to support the development of every learner.

The Power of Learning Principles

Written with support from Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins Picture a powerful learning experience you have had. Now describe what made it so powerful. Was it the opportunity to practice in front of a coach and receive immediate feedback? Was it because you had clarity on the purpose of the task and how it fit into a larger goal? Think about generalizations that come from your personal example. Now you are well on your way...

Teaching Shakespeare to Kids: Making the Process Fun

By Herman Davis. Herman is passionate about K-12 education and loves exploring different ways to make learning a fun experience. He volunteers at an after school program teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th graders Shakespeare. He is starting the process to apply to grad school where he will pursue a masters degree in education. If you can’t catch him the classroom, you might be able to find him at the gym, or watching football (Go Broncos!)....

Personalized Learning Perspective from a High School Student

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of being a voice of 42,000 students in my school district of Henry County. Each year, Henry County Schools offer a Teacher Induction Program the week before pre-planning that allows new educators to the district to receive more training, professional development, and networking opportunities to be successful for the upcoming school year. On Personalized Learning Day of this annual event, I had the opportunity of being the opening keynote...

Practices in the Classroom are Practices for Life

In Students at the Center, Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda identify seven key elements to consider when designing student centered learning: Goals Inquiry/Idea generation Task and audience Evaluation Cumulative demonstration of learning Instructional plan Feedback In this post, I'd like to simply look at goals. When thinking about goals we always need to start with the relevant standards. But, we can’t leave them in the "standards" language. We need to be able to translate them...

5 Most Frequently Asked Personalized Learning Questions We Receive and Our Responses

As education consultants working with countless school administrators and educators, we field many questions. Some are asked so frequently, in fact, that we dedicated an entire blog post to answering them for the masses. Question #1: What is personalized learning, really? There are so many definitions out there that it is difficult to get through the noise. In responses to Dan Meyer and Annie Murphy Paul, we offer that personalized learning is personal — honoring...

Gauge Yourself: On the Path to Personalizing Instruction

"Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces." -Jon Gordon Personalized Learning (PL) is a great philosophy to reach the diverse range of learners in educators classrooms. I often get asked, "Am I doing PL right?" when I visit classrooms and other districts. There is no right way to "do" PL if you are focusing on the students taking more ownership in the classroom. There is also no right tool or program to...

Inspiring Students (and Teachers) to Take Action on Inquiry

In my ASCD book Ditch The Daily Lesson Plan, I advocate for different ways of planning that go deeper than a regular daily lesson plan and help to alleviate the amount of time teachers spend on curriculum design. One of the ideas I describe is based on the way a Triptik® is created. The basic idea of  "The Triptik®" is that a learning destination is co-created with teachers and students but students are largely responsible...

New Report on World Language Study in U.S. K-12 Schools

From the American Councils for International Education. As U.S. schools are enrolling increasing numbers of students who speak a language at home other than English, and major world languages like Arabic and Chinese are being introduced into K-12 curricula in many parts of the country, educators and policy makers at the local and national level require comprehensive and reliable information on the numbers of Americans who will be entering higher education and the workforce in...

Re-imagining the K-12 World Language Curriculum

For the past two years I have been re-imagining K-12 World Language curriculum. Reflecting on the last two years, here is my best advice for writing a powerful, coherent, world language curriculum in your school district. Compelling and comprehensible input. We love the content we teach, but sometimes we have to admit that what we find most interesting may not be the most compelling content for our students. If the input we expose students to...

How to Encourage Student Interest in Foreign Language Learning

People who learn new languages get so many benefits from it. They gain practical knowledge, learn valuable things about foreign cultures, and discover a whole new world outside of their own. However, English-speaking countries have by far the lowest interest in foreign language learning. Recent surveys have revealed that not more than 7% of college students in the U.S. participate in a language course. It is true that academic authorities in almost all countries in...