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What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?
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Elmbrook School District: Personalized Learning

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Elmbrook Schools in Brookfield,WI embarked on personalized learning. This video gives you a glimpse on what it looks like at various grade levels and what it means for teaching and learning.


Congratulations to Elmbrook Schools in giving learners voice and choice in their learning!

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 23, 7:40 AM

Outstanding video that portrays a truly engaging and personalized learning environment for children where technology - pencils, paper, as well as iPads - play a critical role giving kids choices and voices. 

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Personalize Learning: Focus on the Learner Not Technology

Personalize Learning: Focus on the Learner Not Technology | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
In a personalized learning environment, learners actively participate in their learning. They have a voice in what they are learning based on how they learn best. Learners have a choice in how they demonstrate what they know, what paths they take to learn, and provide evidence of their learning.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
In a personalized learning environment, the teacher is the guide on the learner's personal journey. When learners have choices to interact with the content and discuss what they watched, read, and learned, they are actively participating in learning. Encouraging learner voice and choice is the key difference to the other terms: differentiation and individualization. When learners have a voice in how they learn and a choice in how they engage with content and express what they know, they are more motivated to want to learn and own their learning.

The system needs to change from focusing on performance and tests to rethinking the design of teaching and learning around how learners learn best.
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Which Personalized Learning Framework is Best For You and Your School?

Which Personalized Learning Framework is Best For You and Your School? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Chris Liang-Vergara shared out several personalized learning frameworks including Personalize Learning, LLC's, The Institute @ CESA#1, Montessori, CAST and others. Here is how he described the Personalize Learning framework:


What’s their framework or frameworks? Their framework merges UDL, learner voice and choice, creative environments, intrinsic motivation, and educational technology in a cohesive approach that builds off of learner profiles.


Why would I use this framework over others? Kathleen and Barbara pull apart personalized, differentiated, and individualized learning in very articulate ways that will help you and your team be more clear in your communications. Their incorporation of UDL and learner voice and choice will also help you understand personalized learning in a very concrete, classroom-applicable manner.


Thank you, Chris!

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Matt Vernon's curator insight, May 5, 2:40 PM

Competent starter on personalized learning from a reputable source!

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It's 2015! So Why is Our Education System still Designed as if it's 1915?

It's 2015! So Why is Our Education System still Designed as if it's 1915? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is working to reshape public education to better prepare all students for the future.

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation envisions an education system where learning transcends the traditional school calendar and setting. They envision a system where learners progress based upon mastery of a skill or topic, rather than time spent in a classroom.

And hey - learners shouldn't be bored in the classroom. Let's reshape our system so that learning is personalized, and learners have a true voice in their education.

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Escola Global's curator insight, April 5, 4:16 PM

Student centered learning

Learning is personalized

Learning is competency based

Learning happens anytime, anywhere

Students take ownership

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 6, 8:56 AM

This article and video help us start to discuss student-centered learning and how vastly different this is to the current model used in our K-12 public school systems.

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Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone

Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Katherine Prince, Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks, writes about her work on the future of learning.
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Katherine Prince Senior Director, Strategic Foresight of KnowledgeWorks shares her personal vision for the future of learning as part of TEDxColumbus.  Her talk, “A Vision for Radically Personalized Learning,” explored the possibility of truly putting students at the center of the expanding learning ecosystem.


In this guest post, she also refers to her latest paper,Innovating toward Vibrant Learning Ecosystems: Ten Pathways for Transforming Learning,” that aims to help education stakeholders move from vision to action in creating a learning ecosystem that is vibrant for all learners and not just for those with means. This graphic represents the ten pathways to create that learning ecosystem.
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6 Changes Toward Personalized Learning

6 Changes Toward Personalized Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Say personalized learning to most people and it conjures up classrooms where every child is doing their own thing and the teacher is furiously trying to maintain order and overview in an otherwise ...
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Pernille shares some pointers on how to begin on the path of personalized learning.  She advises educators to look at what you are already doing that would count as a step toward personalized learning. Here are the six changes she suggests:


> Change the way they sit.

> Change the way they work.

> Change the knowledge they have.

> Change the expectations for all.

> Change the timeline.

> Change the conversation.

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Who's Framed Personalized Learning?

Who's Framed Personalized Learning? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Why personalized learning is all about the learner, starting with the learner. It's time to frame it around the stories where learners are owning and driving their learning.
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Many teachers that partner with their learners and change how they teach told us they would never go back to traditional teaching. So we decided to ask a few of our friends what they think about framing personalized learning

"Personalized learning primarily involves changing the role of a child from a passive-oriented student to an active-oriented learner. Any process, practice, system or initiative which labels itself 'personalized,' but does not change the role of the learner to have more voice and choice in their own learning isn't fully personalized.  Much of what is being categorized as personalized learning today involves technology integration and enhancements in the role of the teacher, without necessarily empowering the learner to discover, follow and cultivate their own passions and take an ever-increasing role for the privilege and responsibility of learning."  - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/08/whos-framed-personalized-learning.html#sthash.MkbRFiBY.dpuf
- Bryan Bronn, Branson Junior High, Branson. MO
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Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014

Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Personalized Learning Newsletter for May is out and filled with great articles and stories. You see, 2014 is the year of Personalized Learning. The buzz is out. Teacher and learner roles are changing. There are more stories in the news about learners taking responsibility for their learning. There are more examples of teachers creating learning environments that encourage creativity and collaboration. We wrote the 10 Trends of Personalized Learning several months ago and realized we needed to share it with our followers.

 

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 1, 2014 5:56 PM

2014 is the year of personalized learning.


have a look to this simple and useful compilation of trends in Teaching and Learning for this year

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Making Sense of Learning

Making Sense of Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Chris Watkins, a reader at The Institute of Education in London wrote "Learning: a sense-makers guide" that provides four teaching practices that help learners make sense of their learning.
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Learning can make sense and is similar to how we make sense of other things. We do it gradually through experiences and building knowledge as we go. Talking, thinking, and reflecting about learning are the key factors to understanding. In the sense-makers guide,  Watkins writes that there are four teaching practices that can help learners make sense of their learning:

 

> Notice learning

> Have conversations about learning

> Reflect on your learning

> Make learning an object of learning.

 

See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/04/making-sense-of-learning.html#sthash.jbiaHG5A.dpuf

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5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Justin shares 5 ways to create learner-centered classrooms. What a great way to start the new year by putting the learner at the center!

 

1. A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.

 

2. A student-centered classroom focuses on finding solutions to real-world problems.

 

3. A student-centered classroom is not about what the teacher is doing or what the teacher has done; it's about what the students are doing and what the students can do in the future.

 

4. A student-centered classroom embraces the notion that there are multiple ways to accomplish an individual task.

 

5. A student-centered classroom firmly believes that there is a partnership and a strong level of trust between educators and students.

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Phillip Heath's curator insight, January 19, 2014 4:08 PM

Relationships will always be the heart of education

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Learner Voice = Authenticity in Learning

Learner Voice = Authenticity in Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Why does learner voice matter? Giving voice encourages learners to participate in their own learning and give them authenticity in learning.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Learner voice gives learners a chance to share their opinions about something they believe in. There are so many aspects of "school" and "learning" where learners have not been given the opportunity to be active participants. Giving them voice encourages them to participate in their own learning. Some learners, especially those that are concerned about extrinsic factors like grades, may not feel comfortable expressing their own opinions. Because of this concern, teachers have devised multiple ways to give learners their voice anonymously in surveys, group interviews, and in class discussions. Now it is time to look at learner voice and why it matters for all learners.

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Responsibility vs Accountability

Responsibility vs Accountability | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
If learners take responsibility for their learning, they will be more motivated to learn. If teachers are accountable for their learning, then there is no reason to be motivated other than for a grade.
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Responsibility means a moral obligation and something taken upon one's self.

Accountability is more of a social contract or social obligation. Accountability can be measurable. If teachers are accountable for their learners' learning, then why would learners feel responsible for their own learning?


When learners feel a sense of ownership, they want to engage in academic tasks and persist in learning. If teachers and learners are learners first, then responsibility comes with being a learner. Learners of all ages become responsible for their learning when they own and drive their learning.

So what is it? Teachers and learners need to be accountable for their own learning by taking responsibility for their learning. What do you see as the difference between accountability and responsibility?

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Connie Wise's curator insight, July 30, 2013 5:07 PM

My goal is always to encourage students to take ownership of their learning.  What you learn is yours-- it can't be taken away!

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Rethinking Learning as Experiential and Learner-Focused

Rethinking Learning as Experiential and Learner-Focused | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Ben Kestner, Middle School Principal at St. John's International School in Belgium, shares how to personalize learning.
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Ben shared the curriculum that is experiential, learner-focused and based on these 7 MS competencies:

 

>> Self-Assessor: in health, mind, spirituality and organization

>>  Contributor: through empathy and understanding; making a difference to the surrounding world

>> Creator: being an innovator, designer and maker of new things

>> Communicator: with compassion through oral, written, visual, musical, non-verbal and dance.

>> Collaborator: team member, leading and negotiating, sharing

>> Explorer: showing curiosity, taking risks and experimenting

>> Thinker: creative, critical, analytical, broad minded

 

They came up with the 3 Big Ideas last year. For one week three times during the year, there are themes where learners self-direct their learning.

 

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Vicki Butler's comment, May 1, 2013 12:03 PM
These competencies remind me of Gardner's 5 Minds for the Future.
Vicki Butler's curator insight, May 1, 2013 12:04 PM

These competencies are reflective of Gardner's 5 Minds for the Future and borrowing from Kathleen McClaskey's insights: 

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Ben shared the curriculum that is experiential, learner-focused and based on these 7 MS competencies:

 

>> Self-Assessor: in health, mind, spirituality and organization

>>  Contributor: through empathy and understanding; making a difference to the surrounding world

>> Creator: being an innovator, designer and maker of new things

>> Communicator: with compassion through oral, written, visual, musical, non-verbal and dance.

>> Collaborator: team member, leading and negotiating, sharing

>> Explorer: showing curiosity, taking risks and experimenting

>> Thinker: creative, critical, analytical, broad minded

 

They came up with the 3 Big Ideas last year. For one week three times during the year, there are themes where learners self-direct their learning.

 

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If students re-imagined school, this is what it could look like!

If students re-imagined school, this is what it could look like! | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
During an INTERalliance Career Camp, students re-imagine the very system in which they currently learn.
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What could an innovative learning system look like through the eyes of 20 current high school learners?


Discover the insights these learners had when re-imagining learning structures. Here are just 2 out  of 11 insights these learners had:


Put students in charge of their own learning. While the teams recognized the importance of teachers, guidance counselors, parents and guardians, they wanted to offer learners more control over their education experience. In their new systems, learners would have the opportunity to build individual schedules and explore interests.


Tailor learning to students’ interests. One team specifically talked about learning different subjects through their own interests. For example, if a student really likes extreme sports, such as skydiving, he could study math, physics or meteorology through those activities. This would make learning more fun and relevant in their re-imagined system.



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The Story Behind My Passion to Personalize Learning

The Story Behind My Passion to Personalize Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's very personal story behind her passion to personalize learning for all learners.
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This story needs to be told. I am passionate about learners and learning! I believe that every child on the planet is a learner! I am committed to help schools create learning environments where every child can become life long learners and realize their hopes and dreams!  You could say that I am on a mission. But why has personalized learning become my passion and mission in my life?
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Learning Can and Should be Natural and Engaging

Learning Can and Should be Natural and Engaging | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Dr. Jackie Gerstein explains why that it is every educator's responsibility to ensure that teaching strategies match learning needs of each learner.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Jackie shares some important pointers in this guest post about guiding learning and the importance of context when learning.


The more you can apply what you're learning to your every day, the more it'll stick in your head. The reason is simple. When you're learning by doing, you're implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you're able to connect what you're learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you're learning will stick around. 


We learn best when we have context, and that applies to new skills as much as it does random facts in school. That's why something like the transfer of learning is helpful when you’re learning a new skill. This means you're applying your new skills in your day to day life in a context that matters.

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Personalize Learning: Conversations about Play-based Learning

Personalize Learning: Conversations about Play-based Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Enjoy the insightful and playful conversations in the archive of the 3/9/15 #plearnchat on Play-based learning.
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Purposeful play should be the central learning experience in early learning classrooms. It is a natural way of learning that supports creativity and imagination. But why should play be limited to primary classrooms only? It doesn't matter what age we are; we all like to play. 

This is Trend #7 in the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015. The focus of the conversations was around the big question.

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Proving Performance vs. ImProving Learning

Proving Performance vs. ImProving Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Chris Watkins writes about the relationship between learning and performance in schools.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Chris Watkins' article, Research Matters: Learning, Performance and Improvement, is about the relationship between learning in schools and performance in schools.  Watkins' research concludes that a focus on learning can enhance performance, where a focus on performance alone can depress performance. With traditional instruction, the climate in the classrooms becomes more performance oriented over years of schooling.

A performance-oriented environment focuses on looking good
rather than learning well.

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So what does Personalized Learning really mean?

So what does Personalized Learning really mean? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
This post clarifies that personalized learning starts with the learner and ownership of learning.
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We refer to "students" as "learners" where...
  • Learning starts with the learner.
  • Universal Design for Learning is the framework for personalized learning.
  • Teachers universally-design lessons and projects that encourage voice and choice.
  • Learners understand how they learn best.
  • Learners take responsibility for their learning.
  • Learners own and drive their learning along their learning path.
  • Teachers and learners role change.
  • Teachers and learners are partners in learning who design authentic learning activities.
  • Learners demonstrate mastery in a competency-based system and progress at their own pace.
- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/09/so-what-does-personalized-learning.html
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"Make Learning Personal" - Free Webinar: Sept 16th

"Make Learning Personal" - Free Webinar: Sept 16th | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

This webinar provides an overview of what is and what is not personalized learning and about how learners learn best using Universal Design for Learning principles.

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Kathleen McClaskey and Barbara Bray will present a webinar sponsored by NISCE (National Institute for Student-Centered Education) on September 16th from 4-5 ET. based on their upcoming book: Make Learning Personal.

 

This webinar provides an overview of what is and what is not personalized learning and about how learners learn best using Universal Design for Learning principles. Expect to learn about interesting models and hear stories with Wow moments where teachers’ and learners’ roles changed. Walk away with some rationale why it is important to personalize learning for each learner.

 

Register Today at http://nisce.org/event/make-learning-personal-wow/

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Greg Alchin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:57 PM

If you really want to invest in your professional learning about maximising opportunities for all learners then attend this webinar! #plearnchat

Norma Rodriguez's curator insight, August 5, 2014 1:01 PM

Excited to be a part of this!

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It's About the Kids - Our Journey to Personalizing Learning

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Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Don't miss this incredible journey that a group of 3rd graders from the Oregon School District took to personalize their learning in a cultural unit.  This is a WOW!

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Pam Hubler's curator insight, August 13, 2014 6:30 PM

The documentation portion of this is awesome!

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What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn?

What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Hear four kids talk about motivation and Kathleen Cushman's information about the conditions for motivation in the webinar and chat.
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Have you ever wondered about motivation and what motivates us to learn? Kathleen Cushman presented in our Personalize Learning Webinar Series on Tues. January 21st by explaining that you start by drawing a straight line between... 


> what young people tell us about their learning experiences; 

> your own practice as educators and; 

> compelling scientific research into mind, brain, and education. 

 

Then she shared the eight simple rules of thumb that help us create the conditions for high motivation and high levels of mastery in the your learning environments!  - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/01/what-motivates-learners-to-want-to-learn.html#sthash.yBN3OEq0.dpuf

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Audrey's curator insight, January 28, 2014 5:36 PM

It is important to hear from the learners how they are stimulated to absorb information. The earlier this is encouraged the greater the brain power, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:07 PM

John Dewey called what motivates people to learn is "living motivation". We bring our stories and autobiographies to learning every day. We want to add to them in ways that help us construct a future of our choosing that fits within a community. It is about constantly transforming who we are.

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Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educa...
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Be inspired by this Ted Talk by Ramsey who shares the 3 Rules to Spark Learning:

 

1. Curiosity comes first

2. Embrace the mess

3. Practice reflection

 

Sounds like learner--centered to me!l

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Learning IS Personal

Learning IS Personal | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Learning is personal. Each of us is unique. Because learners are so diverse, learning needs to start with each learner.
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 Think about your own experiences when you were young and you felt like you could play and choose how you would learn? Then think about the times when you were told how to play or learn.

 

How did you feel in each of these situations?

 

Each of us has our own experiences growing up, different relationships, and how we learned. Each of us comes from small or large families with different backgrounds, neighborhoods, and friends. Because of these experiences, we are different than others. We are unique. Our learning experiences are personal to us. We are born inquisitive, curious, and creative. The power of us is our diversity. Each of us learns in different ways and may choose a different way to learn.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 PM

Thank you for sharing. If you follow Howard Garner's multi-intelligence theories, then learning is individual.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:56 PM

"Learners, not students":  Love it!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:54 AM

We have known for a long time learning is personal. It should have been important for a long time and not just in 2013.

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Learners NOT Students!

Learners NOT Students! | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
The term "student" was defined in the middle ages. It is time to rethink what that implies and redefine the learner.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

All of us are learners. Think about it. We were born curious and open to learning or we wouldn't walk or talk. It's just how each of us were made. Learning is part of us. We were not born students-- we were born learners. Our first experiences of learning was through play and discovery.

 

A learner...

>> develops their own learning goals.

>> monitors their progress in meeting their goals.

>> has a purpose or interest to learn something.

>> asks questions.seeks information.

>> finds ways to collaborate with others.

>> wants to know something because they want to know it -- not for a grade.

>> is curious about life and never stops learning.

 

Rethink what the term "student" implies.

All the references to student that we could find represent someone who studies or is being taught as part of an institution.

 

What are your thoughts about using the term "learner" instead of "student"?

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:35 PM

This is so very true. People develop a real meaningful reason for learning or the learning will have much less staying power. I love what this article points out. Teacher's function best if they provide guidance for the process and monitor success.

Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:53 PM

I like the debate this could start in my classroom!

Meri Walker's comment, May 1, 2013 3:40 PM
It's been so long since I could call anyone a "student" with a straight face. I call people participants and learners... because the "student" label means I'm a "teacher" and I'm not...I'm a learner, too.