Personalized learning is more than just differentiation. We’re talking full on student involvement and relies heavily on personal interests and questions. Personalization teaches students to take control and ownership of their learning. It’s not something done to them but something that they participate in doing for themselves.
Think badges, genius hours, student choice, flexible schedules / environments, the use of specific technology tools, and Individual Plans of Study.
Elementary School Innovates for Personalized Learning Parker-Varney School in New Hampshire was a identified as school in need of improvement. As a result, the teachers and staff went through a redesign for innovation and personalized learning with the guidance of 2Revolutions Education Design Lab beginning in 2015.
Alternative Scheduling Not all school schedules are created equal. Explore and share alternatives to traditional schedules such as year-round schools, extended-day programs, block scheduling, and more.
Scheduling for Learning, Not Convenience A/B, 4X4, or traditional block? Six, seven or eight-period day? Within those structures, what strategies for flexibility exist? When it comes to secondary school scheduling, there are many options. Which schedule is best?
Four Inquiry Qualities At The Heart of Student-Centered Teaching Whether it be project-based learning, design thinking or genius hour, it’s easy to get confused by the many education buzzwords floating about. But at their heart these pedagogies are all student-centered and there are commonalities across them that are the key to their success.
Learning Personalized Giving a voice to teacher-leaders, administrators, and students doing amazing things. Watch video discussions with teacher leaders who are embedding personalized learning into their curriculums.
Making Learning Personalized & Customized Sean McComb engages his students in a workshop model in order to provide personalized and customized learning. Students are working on social justice projects that involve research, blog writing, and creative writing on topics of their choices.
Deeper Learning Through Personalized Learning Plans Students at Minnesota New Country School work with teachers to develop and follow personalized learning plans. Students collaborate with their adviser to come up with a plan for project-based learning. After completing their projects, students present their work in a final presentation.
Flexible Classrooms: Making Space for Personalized Learning How you arrange your seating can be an asset for differentiating instruction. Summit Prep, in Redwood City, California, uses different seating configurations for independent work, collaborative work, mini lessons, and large-group discussions.
Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind Educators’ most important work is to help students develop the intellectual and social strength of character necessary to live well in the world. The way to do this, argue authors Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda, is to increase the say students have in their own learning and prepare them to navigate complexities they face both inside and beyond school.
Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius What if education could be better–for students and for educators? Our changing world demands creative thinkers and collaborative problem solvers, but too often, schools stifle growth and discovery in favor of getting through the curriculum or preparing for “the test.” Learning opportunities and teaching methods must evolve to match the ever-changing needs of today’s learners. This book is for you if you are wondering . . .
Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning Kids begin their learning journey as curious problem solvers who ask questions and create solutions. As they go through school, something happens to many of our students, and they begin to play the game of school, eager to be compliant and follow a path instead of making their own. As teachers, leaders, and parents, we have the opportunity to be the guide in our kids’ education and unleash the creative potential of each and every student.
Make Learning Personal: The What, Who, WOW, Where, and Why Personalized learning empowers learners to take control of their own learning. This resource draws on Universal Design for Learning® principles to create a powerful shift in classroom dynamics by developing self-directed, self-motivated learners.
Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry Genius Hour provides educators with the tools that they need to successfully implement genius hour, or passion projects, in the classroom. Presented through an easy-to-follow six-step strategy, teachers will utilize the six P’s-passion, pitch, plan, project, product, and presentation-as a map for students to follow as they create, design, and carry out projects.
The Blended Learning Blueprint for Elementary Teachers Designed to help K-5 teachers develop and carry out a plan for effective instruction in blended environments, this resource identifies key competencies and strategies for development, culminating in a personalized implementation plan.
Real World Application
Authentic, real world learning is an active process where students construct their own knowledge through self-directed inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, and reflections in real-world contexts. Education is more student-centered. Students no longer simply memorize facts in abstract and artificial situations but they experience and apply information in ways that are grounded in reality.
Think Problem-Based, Project-Based, and Inquiry-Based Learning. Open ended questions. Authentic solutions to community issues.
Participatory Budgeting Project Schools around the world are using participatory budgeting (PB) to engage kids in deciding which school programs and improvements to fund using a portion of the school budget. It develops student leadership & magnifies student voice.
Project Based Learning Despite the popularity of project based learning, a lot of teachers haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Cult of Pedagogy went out in search of the clearest, most authoritative information on PBL and put together a collection of materials that will help you get your feet wet.
The Difference Between Projects and Project Based Learning “Projects” can represent a range of tasks that can be done at home or in the classroom, by parents or groups of students, quickly or over time. While project-based learning (PBL) also features projects, in PBL the focus is more on the process of learning and learner-peer-content interaction that the end-product itself.
Generation Citizen Teaching young people across the country how to drive change through the political process. Generation Citizen’s action-civics curriculum is the driver’s education course for civic engagement.
Project Based Learning: Explained What is it? This simple video makes the essential elements of PBL come alive and brings to light the 21st Century competencies (collaboration, communication, critical thinking) that will enable K-12 students to be college- and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities.
Project-Based Learning in Less Than Five Minutes Project-based learning is different from traditional classroom projects Learning through projects culminating projects Student choice in design vs. following a set of instructions Student inquiry vs. Pre-planned questions Self and peer assessment vs Teacher assessment Student ownership of process vs. Teacher ownership of process
Elementary Project: Courtyard Re-Design 5th graders from Madison Wisconsin public school present their finished designs to a group of school architects, planners, & designers. The video also demonstrates teacher planning.
“It really, actually changed my life.” High school students reflect on their experience of project based learning and describe how they not only learned a great deal of content, but also practiced the 21st century skills needed for personal and workplace success.
The Revolutions Project: 10th Grade World History Watch this example of a PBL project in action – the “Revolutions” project featuring Erin Brandvold of Impact Academy of Arts and Technology, Hayward, CA (High School World History). This is one in a series of videos produced by the Buck Institute for Education to showcase Gold Standard PBL projects from a variety of grade levels, subject areas and settings.
PBL in the Elementary Grades Designed for teachers of Kindergarten through 5th grade students, PBL in the Elementary Grades contains down-to-earth, classroom-tested advice for project planning, assessment, and management.
Project Based Learning (PBL) Starter Kit The PBL Starter Kit is written for middle school and high school teachers who are new to PBL. It contains easy to read, to-the-point advice about designing, assessing, and managing your first, relatively simple project.
Success in life is about learning to be caring and civil, to make healthy decisions, to problem solve effectively, to value excellence, to be respectful and responsible, to be good citizens and to be empathetic and ethical individuals. We need to help students learn, practice, and model essential personal life habits that contribute to their academic, social-emotional and post-secondary success.
Career Readiness Defined The National Association of Colleges and Employers, through a task force of college career services and HR/staffing professionals, has developed a definition, based on extensive research among employers, and identified seven competencies associated with career readiness.
Career-Focused PBL A school district uses project-based learning to introduce students to a variety of careers starting in kindergarten.
Ensuring Equity for Every Student The stubborn educational achievement gap between white and minority students has persisted for years. And this gap is only one of many gaps.
Exploring Ethnic-Racial Identity New research reveals long-lasting, positive effects of giving adolescents opportunities and tools to explore their backgrounds.
When Implicit Bias Shapes Teacher Expectations Whether or not a teacher “believes in” her students and expects them to succeed has been shown to affect how well that student does in school, particularly among disadvantaged students. But educators should be aware that those expectations can be influenced by their own implicit racial biases.
Real educational change and lasting redesigns require strong, authentic community relationships and interaction. When families, community groups, businesses, and educators work together to support learning, students are more successful in school, remain in school longer, and appreciate the experience more.
Think parent surveys, texting to families, community resource centers, open access, shared learning spaces, and family liaisons.
5 Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration Great examples of school/community partnerships are happening all over the world. We need more of them, and we need to ensure they are healthy and relevant to the needs of 21st century learners
Department of Education resource toolkit to help build relationships with families and community members and to support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and students’ ongoing learning and development.
School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action When schools, families, and communities collaborate and share responsibility for students′ education, more students succeed in school. Based on 30 years of research and fieldwork, this fourth edition of a bestseller provides tools and guidelines to use to develop more effective and equitable programs of family and community engagement.