Reimagining Instructional Time & Space

My First Trip to Personalization Town – An Adventure in Personalized Learning

This blog post was originally published on nwea.org. I like to travel. In fact, I think that traveling is one of
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My First Trip to Personalization Town – An Adventure in Personalized Learning

Questions when Mapping a Personalized Path

Reprinted with permission from Mo Physics Mo Problems. Personalizing learning is something I’m very passionate about in my classroom. As I was
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Questions when Mapping a Personalized Path

Personalized PD with a Twist of Pineapple

Reprinted with permission from Connect & Learn Improving our craft, learning new skills, staying current on trends, modeling "life-long learning" — these
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Personalized PD with a Twist of Pineapple

Student Voice and Edcamp “Unconferences”

Conversations about learning and school change tend to involve administrators and hopefully teachers, but oftentimes we leave out one of
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Student Voice and Edcamp “Unconferences”

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Instructional Time?

Time is a precious resource and what we regularly pay attention to as teachers clarifies what is most important to students.

This category focuses on creative ways to allocate time within an existing class period or reimagining school schedules.

  • Carve out regular time blocks to focus on inquiry, idea generation
  • Provide parameters / routines for students to encourage self-direction
  • Create flexible spaces and groups that support the focus of instructional time

My First Trip to Personalization Town – An Adventure in Personalized Learning

personalized learning adventure

This blog post was originally published on nwea.org. I like to travel. In fact, I think that traveling is one of the most important gifts I can give my son. Traveling comes with a myriad of life lessons, even before you arrive at your destination, including: How to be flexible. Can you say flight delays? How to manage your time. What time do I need to get to the airport in order to successfully navigate...

Questions when Mapping a Personalized Path

Reprinted with permission from Mo Physics Mo Problems. Personalizing learning is something I’m very passionate about in my classroom. As I was driving using the new version of Apple Maps, it led me to some essential questions when framing paths to outcome mastery to give learners more autonomy. There needs to be different ways to demonstrate the same skills. If the constraints put on learners isn’t a part of the skills or content being mastered,...

Personalized PD with a Twist of Pineapple

Reprinted with permission from Connect & Learn Improving our craft, learning new skills, staying current on trends, modeling "life-long learning" — these are all things teachers want to do, but finding the time is a whole other story. The days are long, the work-load never ending, the expectations are high, and then to add professional learning in the mix, well, many teachers feel that there are just not enough hours in the day. To meet this...

Student Voice and Edcamp “Unconferences”

Conversations about learning and school change tend to involve administrators and hopefully teachers, but oftentimes we leave out one of our most important stakeholders - our students. Including student voice, their ideas, opinions and perspectives, could certainly help as we work to better meet the needs of our learners. One way we decided to include students was to invite them to our local edcamp. If you aren’t familiar with edcamps, an edcamp is an "unconference"...

Creative Collaboration by Design

Setting the Stage: I had an opportunity to meet Evan Wilke at this year’s annual Tri-Association Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and I were leading a two-day workshop around the Contemporary Quest Model based on the book Bold Moves (ASCD, 2017). Toward the end of Day 1, Evan had a visible breakthrough … I saw his face light up as he described the idea he sketched out. One of the quiet...

Seven Keys to Creative Collaboration

creative collaboration

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...

Sophisticated Network Spaces: Members and Mentors

Professional Learning Through Collaborative Creativity Creativity, like wildfire, spreads with more kindling. Likewise, ideas can grow with more collaborators. What I come up with on my own might be good, but better ideas are generated when I work with others, particularly those who share my passion for learning. As I observe myself in this process, I become aware of how I am using the habits of thinking interdependently, thinking flexibly, and metacognition. I appreciate the...

Environments and Goal Setting for ALL Students

By Jessica Craig and Kirsten Sola Coming from a family of educators, Jessica taught in Illinois before moving to her current district in Colorado, where she developed a passion for personalized learning and flexible spaces. She now works as a Strategist in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Growth Department, supporting teachers in implementing innovative practices through coaching and professional development. Kirsten has 14 years of classroom experience, including 9 years of teaching Gifted & Talented...

Flexible Classroom Spaces: From Physical Change to Instructional Change

By Jessica Craig and Kirsten Sola Coming from a family of educators, Jessica taught in Illinois before moving to her current district in Colorado, where she developed a passion for personalized learning and flexible spaces. She now works as a Strategist in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Growth Department, supporting teachers in implementing innovative practices through coaching and professional development. Kirsten has 14 years of classroom experience, including 9 years of teaching Gifted & Talented...

May I Have Your Attention Please? The Power of the “Toward” State

By Mike Fisher, Marie Alcock and Allison Zmuda As we imagine a contemporary curriculum that is rooted in foundational literacies, teachers need the hearts and minds of their students when they attempt to teach the curriculum. Teachers are very clear that it starts with attention — and the challenge is how to create the conditions for that attention that is in line with what we know about the brain. One of the most transformative ideas...