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Personalize Learning Newsletter - Dec/Jan Issue

Personalize Learning Newsletter - Dec/Jan Issue | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

2013 will be the year where children have a voice in how they learn. Teachers and learner roles are changing. Let's make it happen the right way. We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!

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This newsletter features a new and exciting eCourse on the 5 w"s of Personalized Learning that is starting on February 7th. Join with educators from around the world in this course that will include the first global Personalize Learning (PL) Community of Practice. In this issue, discover why Iowa decided to have the first PL Community of Practice in the country.

 

Take a look at how Chris Edwards, a transformational educator, has created a personalized learning environment for his young learners and how they are using technology to solve unique problems.

 

Learn why it is important to help every learner become an expert learner, the goal in persoanlizing learning. And take a look at a Maine classroom where learners have voice and choice.

 

If you would like to receive our future newsletters, sign-up on our site at www.personalizelearning.com.

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5 W's of Personalized Learning - Summer Series starts June 23rd

5 W's of Personalized Learning - Summer Series starts June 23rd | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Join us on June 23rd  in the all NEW 5 W’s of Personalized Learning eCourse where you will learn the What, Who, Wow, Where, and Why to Personalize Learning. This eCourse includes what is and what is not personalized learning, how learners learn best using the Personal Learner Profile, the process using the new Version 3 of the Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE), how teacher and learner roles will change, and why you need a common language and rationale for personalized learning when transforming teaching and learning. Collaborate with other educators in a Community of Practice.


This course can be take for 2 Graduate Credits or 30 hours of PD. The course webinars take place on Tuesdays: 6/23, 7/7, 7/21, 8/4, 8/18 [11am PDT, 12pm MDT, 1pm CDT, 2pm EDT], next day for most of our international participants. - See more and register at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/5-ws.html

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Barbara Bray's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:35 AM

The 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse is a 10 week online course with 5 webinars with activities and resources in a community of practice. 

 

Danette Carroll, 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Luella Middle School, Henry County Schools, GA shared:

""I liked seeing your faces, posting and reading replies, online sessions, and watching the videos. I have no suggestions as this is the best online class experience I have had to date. The other day I was in my principal's office and we were talking about how to get teachers to make "The Shift"- I told him that everyone should have the opportunity to take this class! "

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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.
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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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New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments

New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Why does the physical design of classrooms matter? Mark Phillips discusses this question in "A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms" and offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning. For further inspiration, VideoAmy has compiled some videos to help you begin to conceptualize your classroom vision in "Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers." Be sure to take a look at the resource list at the end of her post.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Don't miss the video that gives insight on how learners can redesign their learning environments.For new teachers, this resource compilation includes tips and guides on classroom design and layout to help maximize the possibilities of the learning environment.

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A Series of Great Ideas from Edutopia. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 30, 7:35 PM

This article shares some excellent tips on how you can make your classrooms more student-learner focused.

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Don't Miss #plearnchat - May 11th, 7pm ET: Advisories, Mentors, Internships

Don't Miss #plearnchat - May 11th, 7pm ET: Advisories, Mentors, Internships | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Topic Question: How can learners explore their interests, talents and passions so they find their purpose?
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Why is Change and Transforming Education so Complex?

Why is Change and Transforming Education so Complex? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Change is complex. This post describes the process and the five reasons and reactions that people might have to change.
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Changing or transforming any system especially in education is not an easy thing to do. If you are part of a system that most of us grew up in and are used to, it doesn't take much to keep your school or district from moving to a successful Personalized Learning System. The change process is so complex that even if you agree and are working on transforming the system, there may be one piece of the puzzle that is missing that keeps change from happening.


This visual from Sylvia Duckworth makes it easy for us to interpret and evaluate the change process that is referred to at the bottom of this post. These images visualize the reactions people have during the change process. If the leadership team and others working on transforming their system, they can monitor and consider what needs to be done to get a derailed changed strategy back on track.

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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.
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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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Transforming Schools with Personalized Learning Experiences

Transforming Schools with Personalized Learning Experiences | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Bob Lenz shares Envision Schools journey on project-based learning through personalized learning experiences.
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Envision’s graduate profile has led to the development of a four-year program, bolstered by high-quality assessments, calibrated rubrics, and excellent daily instruction, that culminates in our Graduation Defense.  Preparing for the defense, and for every exhibition and project along the way, defines each student’s personal educational journey, a story they get to tell in their Defense presentation.  This is personalized learning at its best, when students can articulate what graduation means to them, why and how they are ready, what they are prepared for, and where they want to go next. 

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Building Consensus and Momentum: A Policy and Political Landscape for K-12 Competency Education

Building Consensus and Momentum: A Policy and Political Landscape for K-12 Competency Education | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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"Competency education cannot be scaled unless policymakers address the barriers that make it challenging to transform teaching and learning. Barriers stem from federal laws that reinforce the traditional time-based elements and mandated statewide and federal testing systems.

In KnowledgeWorks’ first-ever e-book, authors address three policy areas to focus on in building an educational system that supports competency education. By focusing on these areas, states would be given the flexibility needed to innovate, evaluate and build systems that positively impact student achievement."


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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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Discover EPiC - Re-Imagine Education

Discover EPiC - Re-Imagine Education | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
EpiC elementary in Liberty, MO is a model of personalized learning. Not just a school but an idea, philosophy, and journey for every person.
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Do not miss what happens with learners at EPiC Elementary that Re-imagined Education! 


EPiC Elementary (Liberty, Missouri) is an innovative, personalized, project-based learning community infused with technology designed to INSPIRE learners to be CREATIVE and THINK BIG! Learners use REAL tools and REAL materials to collaboratively construct REAL world applications of their knowledge. Our learning environment focuses on three areas for all learners: Equipping Learners, Engaging Communities, and Empowering Creativity.
 

Empower Creativity
EPIC provides a learning environment where students discover, embrace, and integrate authentic learning experiences to create and design real-world applications of their knowledge.  
         
Equip Students
EPIC provides a learning environment through a personalized education where learners become collaborators, critical and creative thinkers, and communicators.


Engage Communities
EPIC provides a learning environment where learners, families, educators, and experts are fully engaged in authentic learning experiences designed to inspire kids.
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British Columbia Education Plan 2015: Personalized Learning for Every Student

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British Columbia recently updated their education plan and the focus again is on Personalized Learning for Every Student. 

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What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’?

What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
The definition of "personalized learning" is as varied as the richness of instruction tailored to learners.
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Diane Laufenberg, director of Inquiry Schools, shares her understanding of what "Personalized Learning" means. 


”For Laufenberg, personalization only comes when students have authentic choice over how to tackle a problem. A personalized environment gives students the freedom to follow a meaningful line of inquiry, while building the skills to connect, synthesize and analyze information into original productions."


Read more about Personalized Learning on www.personalizelearning.com and join in the #plearnchat on Feb 10th at 7pm ET where the topic will be PBL and PL.


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Competency Education Gains a Seat at the Congressional Negotiating Table

Competency Education Gains a Seat at the Congressional Negotiating Table | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
KnowledgeWorks and The International Association for K-12 Online Learning have partnered to release recommendations for ESEA reauthorization.
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Here is some exciting news for those education advocates that have worked to change federal policy to include competency-based education. Take a few minutes to comment on Senator Alexander's draft to include new assessment options in the re-authorization of ESEA.


"Senator Alexander’s discussion draft proposes two policy changes that would advance the K-12 competency education movement. He is accepting comments on his discussion draft until February 2, 2015 at fixingNCLB@help.senate.gov.

  • The draft proposes two assessment options. The first would maintain current law by requiring statewide testing annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. The second would establish a state-defined option where states could develop an assessment system that may include any combination of annual statewide summative assessments, grade span assessments, and competency-based performance assessments.
  • The draft proposes to let states use federal funding reserved for the design and implementation of state assessment instruments to build competency-based assessments."
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Where are all the Expert Learners?

Where are all the Expert Learners? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Bill McGrath from Montgomery County Public Schools, MD, shares why UDL is important for all learners.
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The UDL framework gives us guidelines and a vision to build expert learners:
  • Learners who can navigate flexible learning opportunities with great skill.  
  • Learners who do not just navigate but are active partners and innovators in the design of future learning.  
UDL tells us how to do this so it can work for each and every learner.  
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 3, 11:34 AM

The UDL framework gives us guidelines and a vision to build expert learners:

  • Learners who can navigate flexible learning opportunities with great skill.  
  • Learners who do not just navigate but are active partners and innovators in the design of future learning.  

UDL tells us how to do this so it can work for each and every learner. 

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Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. In some states, state leadership has cleared the path with policies to advance competency education, while others are transitioning with little or no supporting policy. At the same time, innovative school models are popping up all over the United States, …
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

CompetencyWorks released a new report today: Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders, authored by Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet. This paper describes effective district implementation strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students' needs.

This paper highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed leadership and educator empowerment.

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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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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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Competency-based Systems on #plearnchat - April 20th, 7pm ET

Competency-based Systems on #plearnchat - April 20th, 7pm ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Join us in #plearnchat on April 20th when educators from around the country will be discussing these important questions about competency-based systems.

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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.

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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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Shared Belief System to Personalize Learning #plearnchat - April 6th, 7pm ET

Shared Belief System to Personalize Learning #plearnchat - April 6th, 7pm ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Please join us on Monday, April 6th at 7pm ET to discuss the importance of a shared belief system and vision to create a personalized learning system.

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Assessment AS Learning #plearnchat - March 23rd, 7pm ET

Assessment AS Learning #plearnchat - March 23rd, 7pm ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Assessment AS Learning - Trend #8 of the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning

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Join us in #plearnchat with educators around the world to discuss these important questions about Assessment AS Learning. 

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Scaling Personalized Learning

Scaling Personalized Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Jesse Moyer, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at KnowledgeWorks wrote a post on how to reach a level of scale that provides personalized learning for all learners.

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Jesse Moyer shared his research on scaling personalized learning from the recent KnowledgeWorks paper, District Conditions for Scale, that he co-authored.  Here is some of his reflections about the importance of meta-themes and the ten conditions to scale personalized learning.


"While the conditions themselves are extremely important, it is the meta-themes that serve as the connective tissues of the conditions and are the reason that a district must implement each of the ten conditions in order to successfully scale practices to improve teaching, learning, and student achievement.

Vision
The district’s vision should include the guiding principles on which each decision a district makes should be based.  Each of the conditions should be aligned to the district’s vision for teaching and learning.

Culture
The vision clearly informs the culture each district is trying to create.  A strong culture will encourage risk-taking among district and school leaders and teachers while enabling innovation at every level of the district.

Transparency
Transparency allows everyone in the district, from board members to community partners to parents and students, to take chances without fear of failure.  By encouraging transparency, everyone in the district is better able to make decisions based on the best interests of the students."
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"The End of Average" presented by Dr. Todd Rose

Eight Harvard Ed School faculty members have eight minutes each to present their bold ideas for impact.
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Do not miss this all important video where Dr. Todd Rose explains why we need to abandon the "average" in education and create an education system that focuses on the individual learner. We can not continue in the current "average" system that was designed during the Industrial Age to support an Industrial Age economy. We need a system, as Dr. Rose points out, designed where "each student can become their very best". 

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luc taesch's curator insight, June 24, 4:37 PM
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Do not miss this all important video where Dr. Todd Rose explains why we need to abandon the "average" in education and create an education system that focuses on the individual learner. We can not continue in the current "average" system that was designed during the Industrial Age to support an Industrial Age economy. We need a system, as Dr. Rose points out, designed where "each student can become their very best". 

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10 Reasons I Wish My Children Could Have Experienced Personalized Learning

10 Reasons I Wish My Children Could Have Experienced Personalized Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
I was asked recently what it is about personalized learning that would make me want my children to learn in that environment. The question started me to think from a parent perspective about the va...
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Jim Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute at CESA #1 shares a personal perspective on the 10 reasons he wished his children could have experienced personalized learning. Jim clearly articulates his introspective thoughts that so many parents, including myself, would have liked to have shared. Thank you Jim for giving a parent's perspective.

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Flexible Learning Spaces: #plearnchat 1/26/15

Flexible Learning Spaces: #plearnchat 1/26/15 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
This is the archive of the second #plearnchat on Flexible Learning Spaces on 1/26/15.
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Our main question "how do learning spaces impact learning and learners?" helped guide the direction of the conversations and the chat was amazing!!  Our second #plearnchat on Flexible Learning Spaces went by so fast that we are so glad that we  archived it using Storify so we can take time in one place to review all the ideas, resources, research, pictures, and videos that was shared in the chat.

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9 Barriers to Personalized Learning And How We May Work Around Them

9 Barriers to Personalized Learning And How We May Work Around Them | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
I didn’t know I was doing personalized learning when I first changed the way I taught.  It wasn’t until I wrote about it in a blog post and someone gave me the name and description that it clicked.  It made sense really; I wanted students to have a voice, have choice, and to be re-ignited passionate learners within my classroom, all tenets of the personalized learning philosophy.  For me it was a no brainer; why not teach in a such a way that students would want to be part of the learning?  Why not teach in such a way that students became experts and have a place alongside the teacher?  Yet, wherever I go resistance remains for personalized learning.  In fact, some educators or districts are quite against it, but for many different reasons.  I cannot be alone in seeing this resistance, so I thought a discussion of what those barriers may be and how you can approach a discussion to work around them would be in order.
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Pernille shares 9 barriers that educators may have about personalized learning and offers some discussion points on how you may want to reframe your thinking. 


Change is difficult and personalize learning often finds resistance because it may not be understood. Discover some great ideas from Pernille.

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inspiration4kidz's curator insight, January 31, 4:52 PM

I think the first step may be for teachers to experience their own self-directed learning.  It is hard to imagine until you do it.