Reimagining Roles

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

Personalized Learning Tasks and Roles

Yesterday, I read a great post by Jim Rickabaugh dealing with the roles of learner and teacher in a personalized
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Personalized Learning Tasks and Roles

Democratic Education: Is It Possible to Let Students Take Control of Their Own Learning?

By Josephine Lister, Editor for HundrED: a Finnish-born project bringing together a vision of education for the next 100 years as
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Democratic Education: Is It Possible to Let Students Take Control of Their Own Learning?

How to Make Personalized Learning Come Alive at a Systems Level

I have the privilege to work as a consultant with Vista Unified over the next several years to support their
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How to Make Personalized Learning Come Alive at a Systems Level

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Roles?

The roles of teacher and student shift in a personalized learning environment. We move from a traditional hierarchy to more of a learning partnership.

This category shares insights as to how schools and teacher-leaders are making the shift in releasing more control over to the students and what challenges they face along the way.

  • Teacher as coach — “just in time” instructor, mentor, networker, evaluator, collaborator
  • Student as self-directed learner — increasingly capable to raise questions, navigate research, develop ideas, and grow from feedback based on current performance
  • Leaders as door opener — permission to create, innovate, share, and grow as individuals and as community

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...

Personalized Learning Tasks and Roles

Yesterday, I read a great post by Jim Rickabaugh dealing with the roles of learner and teacher in a personalized learning environment by looking at tasks. The roles were set up on a continuum. This article timed perfectly with a reflection on part of Students at the Center by Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick on idea generation and task development I had in mind. These two works are the focus of my reflection here. I...

Democratic Education: Is It Possible to Let Students Take Control of Their Own Learning?

By Josephine Lister, Editor for HundrED: a Finnish-born project bringing together a vision of education for the next 100 years as part of the nation's centenary of independence. All insights and best practises will be documented, packaged and shared with the world for free in the form of a digital platform, global seminars, a book and a short documentary. Education is having a hard time keeping up with the rapid changes happening in the rest of...

How to Make Personalized Learning Come Alive at a Systems Level

I have the privilege to work as a consultant with Vista Unified over the next several years to support their personalized learning transformation. Bena Kallick and I had an opportunity to present to 100 teachers for three hours as a way to engage them in the four attributes of personalized learning and the related Habits of Mind. We were blown away with their energy, passion, and thoughtfulness as they considered how to grow voice, co-creation,...

Powerful Trends Observed in Personalized Learning

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What makes personalized learning so powerful in my eyes? Talk about a zone of discomfort ... for the first time in 24 years I am not in the classroom. While still at my high school, my new role is to help the high school build a vision and structure to help all students and teachers build a personalized learning environment. In the classroom, I could always pilot new ideas based on research but in my...

Change Ownership: Key Ingredients to Personalized Learning Success

In my experience, meaningful changes in educational practice happen when teachers are committed to the initiative. It doesn’t have to be initiated by them, but they need to believe in the ultimate goals of implementation. This does not mean that impetus for change needs to be by educators in their classrooms. Because of the daily demands of the classroom, many times educators don’t have their fingers on the pulse of their district as a whole...

Blueprint Offering A Different Experience in Learning

Once in a blue moon, you see a vision of personalized learning that takes your breath away. This is Blueprint — a school within a school in Douglas County, Colorado. Blueprint is open to 5th and 6th grade students in Sage Canyon Elementary School who want to experience a different type of learning. Their mission is to embrace learning with an open heart and a focused mind in order to empower creative individuals to advocate, influence,...

The Power of a Good Idea, Engaged Teachers and a Skillful Coach

How do we grow good ideas to make them more powerful for both teachers and students? I wanted to capture a wonderful coaching session I had this past week with the South Florida Collaborative. I opened with a keynote that focused on our new book, Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind that introduced educators to the four attributes of personalized learning and the distinctions we make between personalized learning and differentiated...

Paying Attention to Habits of Mind During Circle Time

So many teachers believe that Habits of Mind is so important but they struggle with how to meaningfully make that part of their instructional practice. Based on my collaboration with elementary school teachers at the Quinnipiac Real World Magnet Math STEM School, we came up with some questions to create an inviting circle time that would be concrete and simple enough to engender our thinking interdependently. These were our design criteria to guide the question...

Evolving Common Classroom Practices

Let me just preface this by saying I am not a science guy. I'm not inherently interested by the structure of cells or how to balance chemical equations. This year though, chemistry is easily one of my favorite classes and it is one hundred percent because of my teacher. The pacing of his class is one that I've experienced in no other class before. Comprehension is valued above blind regurgitation of info. Whether it is...