By - Jeremy Royster

Quest 3: How to Personalize Learning Copy

How to Personalize Learning

 

 

Here we go.  Exactly what I promised.  Dry as a bone. 

Impersonal, even. 

(I know!)

Task 1:  Here’s a great 1 minute clip to get you oriented.  Listen to how Peter Hutton, Director of Future Schools Alliance, describes how a personalized education can work (without even mentioning the word “personalization.”)

 

Task 2:  In the How to Personalize Learning? survey (below), select “Original strategy suggestion” and describe a favorite strategy from one of the Personalization Sources below (or create your own strategy.)  Find at least three sources.  (You’ll complete the survey 3x.)

Personalization Sources

 

Task 3:  Refer to the Timestamp column in the Personalization Strategies table (below) to find the most recent personalization strategy.

TimestampStrategizer or RecipientContentStrategy or ResponseSource
10/10/2019 16:20:38bcranwelRevised strategy suggestionStudents must take a part in their education. The times of the teacher with all the knowledge and the students just listening should be far from over. It would totally work in my learning environment because thats what learning is. When they take part in their own education they become very motivated to their education because they are far more engaged. Children love choice, they often have so much structure in their lives the change of pace is something that really excites them. This ability of choice gives them the opportunity to search and work on things that will best fit their specific needs.Link
10/13/2019 13:31:31bcranwelOriginal strategy suggestion The Personalized learning strategy I like the most was utilizing flexible classrooms. Being able to organize the classroom into various learning environments helps the student with making a choice towards their learning and leads to an increase in student involvement and engagement. Flexible classrooms also allows the students to learn from one another within collaborative groups, or individually if they choose. This allows for students to pace themselves within their learning. If they are having difficulties with a certain topic the flexible classroom provides options for the student to receive extra help, learn from their peers or problem solve it individually. Flexible classrooms also helps the teacher manage the classroom and provide help to students who may need it more than others. The setup also lets the teacher do check-ins with all the students, while also being able to teach a mini lesson on a topic to help students attain mastery. The main concept behind the Flexible classroom is differentiating not only the lesson and content but also the environment that helps the student learn best. Link
6/16/2020 12:24:01Matt HareOriginal strategy suggestionThe incorporation of empathy into lesson planning and curriculum development helps build a deep understanding as to why educators need to keep in mind the needs of their students. The school is for them, so understanding what they like about it and what they do not like can help educators create a better experience for their students.Link
6/16/2020 12:35:11Matt HareOriginal strategy suggestionThe creation of a culture that supports personalized learning is one of the key parts of this process. This is creating an environment in your classroom that is cooperative, supportive, and social with meaningful learning activities. Teachers incorporate long-term projects in order to guide and steer the learning in the proper direction while also giving the student the ability to drive the learning themselves.Link
6/16/2020 12:39:38Matt HareOriginal strategy suggestionThe most important piece of this document is how they emphasize learning from others. Learning from your peers is one of the moist effective ways of learning. See what they are doing, what is working and what is not working, and cater those thoughts to the classroom environment you are trying to create.Link
6/16/2020 12:42:43Response to Someone Else's strategyResponse to someone else's strategyHaving a flexible classroom is important, but you need to keep in mind that students need structure as well to perform at a high level. Flexibility in the classroom refers to things like seating, group work, and types of lessons. Structure is still important, but being flexible within this structure can be what separates you as an educator.Link
6/16/2020 19:10:38aminahanOriginal strategy suggestionPersonalized learning plans (PLPs) are helpful for creating a path for each individual learner. They have "daily actionable" goals, action steps, and sometimes pacing recommendations. These plans help students in their educational career and make sure they accomplish what they need academically and socio-emotionally in the ways that work best for them. Like all plans, they are adaptable and should change as the students needs are being met. Link
6/16/2020 19:17:03aminahanOriginal strategy suggestion"The Tech Edvocate" gives great examples of strategies to help teachers personalize student learning. Digital content, including textbooks, video lessons, experiments, and field trips are all great ways to bring personalized learning into the classroom. Other than digital learning, there is also the idea of interactive content, which tracks the student’s understanding and speeds up progress or provides alternative activities/lessons to ensure learning of the subject. Link
6/16/2020 19:21:33aminahanOriginal strategy suggestionOne resource I looked at mentioned the idea of flexible seating. I have always been a firm believer that if a child has difficulty focusing, or another similar issue, while sitting at their desks, that they should be allowed to stand or sit wherever makes them comfortable. Flexible seating is a popular strategy because it is a physical aspect of targeted instruction. With a focus on student choice and comfort, flexible seating is a great way to convey to students, “You matter.” By allowing students to sit where they feel most comfortable/learn the best, you will help them gain knowledge at a pace and in a way that works for them. Link
6/16/2020 19:29:18bcranwelResponse to someone else's strategyOne of the resources I found speaks directly about flexible seating and how it is perfect for personalized learning. Allowing students to learn from and collaborate with one another gives them great academic advantage. These flexible classrooms also help the teachers closely monitor student progress and what is or isn't working for them. I fully agree with this author when they state "The main concept behind the Flexible classroom is differentiating not only the lesson and content but also the environment that helps the student learn best." Giving students choices and allowing them to learn in the environment where they feel most comfortable is really the key for success. Link
6/17/2020 14:25:42Leola MillerOriginal strategy suggestionI believe SDI would work in the school system I am in particularly the middle school where I am placed. The students I currently serve are at a highly pertinent time of development especially coginitively. They are developing problem solving skills , paying more attention to decision making and forming ideas. They want to be included and have a voice , empowerment of these strategies I believe will motivate them and keep them engaged in their learning.Link
6/17/2020 14:39:37b cranwelResponse to someone else's strategyIn fact, research, critiques, and educators believe flexible seating across all learning aged students. It gives the student a sense of liberty and empowerment when given a chance to choose how they want to learn as well as the teacher displaying flexibility in a learning induced environment. In addition, flexible seating also defuse undesired behaviors and distractions while enhancing community and collaboration amongst peers.Link

 

Task 4:  In the How to Personalize Learning? survey (below), select “Response to someone else’s strategy” and follow the instructions.

 

Self-Assess

Check here to see if anyone has responded to your definition.  Then, if necessary, in the How to Personalize Learning? survey (above), select “Revised strategy suggestion” and follow the instructions.

 

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