This infographic speaks to the importance of making those connections with and for our students. In other words, students need to know how they learn! When we personalize with students and teach them about their brain and how to learn, we are equipping them with tools for life-long success.
The 5 W’s are the What, Who, Where, Why, and Wow to Personalize Learning. Learn what is and what is not personalized learning, learn how learners learn best, walk through the Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments, understand how teacher and learner roles will change, and how to use assessment AS learning.
The 5 W's eCourse includes five webinars, online asynchronous discussions, web conferencing, chats, resources, rubrics, checklists, templates, transforming an activity to Stage One, and participation in a Community of Practice. The webinars will be archived for participants in different timezones.
Knowing more about how kids' brains function and acquire knowledge can help teachers maximize learning opportunities for their students, says Wendi Pillars.
When you personalize learning, learners are changing their brains. According to Wendi, "learning develops an ever-expanding network of neural connections within the brain. When students practice higher-order thinking—when they question an initial assumption or answer and explore it further—more connections and pathways are created in the brain. This also occurs when students are able to recombine their new knowledge with what they've learned in the past."
This changes teachers roles also. Teachers can foster communication skills and how we relate to each other. Great title: Teachers as Brain-Changers!
What will Personalized Learning look like in 2013? The main change that will happen in teaching and learning in 2013 will be about empowerment. Teachers and learners will be more empowered to take charge of their learning. We will see this through the evidence they share as they learn.
"This term, I have been trying to give my students more voice in our classroom learning environment with regards to the way we go about things and the tools we use to demonstrate our learning. I think this has stemmed from the Personalised Learning approach we have taken as a whole school this year, and my efforts to embed the purposeful engagement of the approach in every facet of my practice.
In this post I'd like to share a ten-minute, Friday afternoon tool that is promoting reflective thinking, goal setting and student voice with positive results in our classroom.
A Reflection, a Goal and a Wish
During the last hour on a Friday, students relax and choose their working space in the classroom. They then discuss and choose two relevant sentence starters that they finish in their learning diaries. Their learning diaries are accessible in the classroom whenever they need them to set goals or reflect."
Thank you Teddy in sharing your journey to personalise learning!
Technology, especially mobile devices, allows learning to feel more personal. Being connected to the content with these devices offers opportunities for anyone to learn anywhere anytime. Yet, just providing technology to learners doesn’t mean that learning is personalized.
Teacher and learner roles change in a Stage One Persoanlized Learning Environment (PLE).
Teacher - Knows how the learner learns best. - Redesigns the learning environment. - Integrates technology. - Designs assessment strategies. - Recognizes high-quality resources.
Learner - Establishes learning goals with teacher. - Creates a personal learning plan. - Chooses how to access content. - Has a voice expressing what they know. - Selects the way to engage with content.
Read more about teachers and learners roles changing in a PLE!