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What Learners Think about Agency

What Learners Think about Agency | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Final post in Collaborative Blog Series on Learner Agency. The Institute for Personalized Learning asked kids what agency means to them.
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The Institute for Personalized Learning asked some middle and high school students from their member districts to reflect on what learner agency means to them and to answer a few questions on the topic. 


This brings our collaborative series on learner agency to a close. As we stated in the first blog post, Learner Agency: The Missing Link, “Learner agency often gets missed in conversations on transforming the educational system.” It is clear from the responses that kids have a sense of ‘agency’ when they feel in control of things that happen around them. They want to feel like they can influence events, especially how and what they learn. 

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Insights on Personalized Learning-Nov 2015

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Insights on Personalized Learning - November 2015 issue

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In this November Issue of Insights on Personalized Learning, the focus is on learners, learning and learner agency. Included in this issue are:

  • The CSSR guide, "Ecosystems of Student Driven Learning", developed from their i3 Grant work with schools over the last five years.
  • Chris Watkins' Learning: A Sensemaker's Guide that provides a framework on having learners talk about their learning.
  • The collaborative blog series on Learner Agency written by Personalize Learning, LLC and The Institute for Personalized Learning.
  • Work by Alden S. Blodget on Learning, Schooling and the Brain. 
  • A free webinar by The Danielson Group.


Sign up for future issues of Insights to PL and our quarterly newsletter at www.personalizelearning.com

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Personalize Learning: Choice is More than a Menu of Options

Personalize Learning: Choice is More than a Menu of Options | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

This post explains the continuum of building choice so learners self-direct their learning for a purpose to build agency.

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Providing choice can be confusing. If learners are choosing from a set of pre-planned choices from a computer program or a list of options from the teacher, then the teacher is ultimately the one responsible for the learning not the learner. As learners increase responsibility around voice, teachers can also provide a process that builds ownership as learners move toward agency with choice.
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Discover the Learner in Every Child

Discover the Learner in Every Child | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
To understand how a learner learns best, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be the lens that reduces barriers to learning and optimizes support to meet needs for all learners.
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This Part 3 in a Collaborative Blog Series on Learner Agency with the Institute for Personalized Learning.
Each learner has variability in how they access and process information, how they engage with content and how they express what they know and understand. Using the UDL lens of Access, Engage and Express to understand learners can not only help the teacher better design instruction but can also offer the learner a way to tell their story about how they learn best. When the learner uses the UDL lens to share how they learn, it validates them as a learner.
UDL is the framework that applies to ALL learners and as a means for creating personalized, learner-centered environments where each learner can develop agency. 
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Put the "Person" in "Personalization"

Put the "Person" in "Personalization" | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
It's all about the learner. Not technology or improving test scores. It's time to take semantics out of the conversations and focus on what really matters: the learners.
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It's not about technology. It's really not about school. It's all about the learner, the "person" in "personalization" and how they learn best and that what they learn is meaningful and for a purpose.  It is all about the relationships that learners make and need to support their learning. It is also about the teacher - a valuable person in the relationship. Teachers and learners can work together to develop learning goals and design activities that are authentic and relevant for the learner so they are engaged in learning. Learning has to have a context that learners can grasp and understand. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2015/10/put-person-in-personalization.html#sthash.qyM0Grkz.dpuf

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Silvia Meza's curator insight, October 8, 2015 6:37 PM

El verdadero desafío como educadores es corrernos del rol cómodo,que se basa en el supuesto  de que sabemos todo lo que el alumno necesita. Cuando en realidad debemos preguntar, dialogar en lugar de conjeturar. Si, tratamos con nativos digitales pero nuestra función sigue siendo insustituible, dotar de competencias y destrezas para el ciudadano del siglo XXI. Para ello es menester brindar una atención personalizada a nuestros estudiantes, lo cual requiere una mejor gestión del tiempo de enseñanza, aprender a escuchar.

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Wildlands School Personalizes Learning - A 10 Year Journey

Wildlands School Personalizes Learning - A 10 Year Journey | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Website with blogs and journeys about personalized learning where teacher and learner roles change.
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Discover Wildlands School who began their journey 10 years ago to create a school that would be learner-centered. They have written about this journey in their book, An Improbable School. Here is what they say in how they personalize learning.


"When it comes to personalized learning, Wildlands emphasizes personal relationships with individual students. We have learned it is more important to provide opportunities for students to be heard, be involved, be connected, find relevance, and play an important role in the school, than to tell them what we (or some far away committee) think they need to know. Honest conversations build relationships. Quality relationships build supportive and open learning environments where learners feel valued, connected, and are willing to take part." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/#sthash.mW9W4SSq.dpuf

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PERSONALIZED LEARNING STARTS WITH THE LEARNER, NOT TECHNOLOGY

PERSONALIZED LEARNING STARTS WITH THE LEARNER, NOT TECHNOLOGY | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Personalized Learning is a controversial term that means different things to different people depending on where and how it is referenced. Some believe it is about promoting programs or tools that per
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Both of us are advocates for the use of technology to support instruction and to help learners gain independent learning skills. For years, as coaches consulting on technology integration, we observed classrooms where technology sat idle or to present lessons using new tools but the same way they teach: teacher-directed. The current system seems to encourage the use of technology for traditional teacher-directed methods.


The system needs to change from focusing on problems to rethinking the design of teaching and learning around how learners learn best. Personalized learning starts with the learner, not the technology!

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Jump Start Back to School with Four O’Clock Faculty

Jump Start Back to School with Four O’Clock Faculty | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Rich Czyz @RACzyz, co-founder of the Four O-Clock Faculty blog, shares in a guest post about strategies for teachers from his Back to School series.,
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Jump start "Back to School" with these incredible resources that Rich Cryz has shared from his blog, "Four O'Clock Faculty". 


The Back to School series featured a variety of advice for teachers, practical strategies for setting up classrooms, opening day activities to use with students, and ideas to motivate teachers as they prepared to welcome students back. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2015/09/back-to-school-with-four-oclock-faculty.html#sthash.8FxUmeCH.dpuf
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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
These teachers made room for playful exploration and student passions in the classroom, helping their students to develop the purpose that drives them.
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Discover why it is important for learners to discover their passion through play so that they can find their purpose.

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Jennifer Colin's curator insight, October 25, 2015 8:40 PM

I have long been an advocate of finding activities that promote creativity and innovation in students.  The seven key skills Tony Wagner lists for students don't involve any specific content.  While I do believe these are vitally important, it seems unlikely that they will replace specific academic standards any time soon.  Because fostering creativity has been an important part of my life, and I have seen it do wonders in the lives of students, I would definitely encourage my teachers to utilize teaching methods and activities that enable this to occur.  Interdisciplinary learning, team collaboration, risk taking, and cultivated intrinsic motivation are definite assets to students in the real world.  But in our present situation we as educators need to find ways to pass on these valuable lessons while still teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic.  

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Educator roles must adapt to support personalized learning environments

Educator roles must adapt to support personalized learning environments | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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As education continues to change, educator roles will need to adapt to expanded learning environments in which learners learn in new ways. Explore the new 7 roles that educators may have in the future to support personalized learning environments

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What if students controlled their own learning? Peter Hutton

This talk was given at a local TEDx event in Melbourne,  produced independently of the TED Conferences.

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Discover through this TedTalk from Peter Hutton how learners take control and ownership to their learning . Peter is a school principal with a radical solution, no school bell, no school levels, staff selection and curriculum is even decided by students. Result? No bullying, collaboration, innovation in school dynamics. As Principal of Templestowe College he developed an educational model that allows learners to individualize their education and share control in the running of the school.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, August 18, 2015 8:39 AM

Here's a wonderful example of a secondary school that allows students to take control of their learning = personalizing learning. 

Debra Walker's curator insight, August 20, 2015 3:34 PM

I was fortunate in primary and secondary school.  I had empassioned teachers and administrators, and a family that supported and fostered my curiosity and a healthy respect for learning.  Not all have that fortune. 

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, September 23, 2015 8:54 AM

Peter Hutton desgined and runs a school in which students make the most important decisions about their learning: what to study, when and with whom. There are no grade levels, no "periods" in the day, and the staff is co-hired with students. It's been incredibly successful!

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Personalizing Learning in a High School Math Class

Personalizing Learning in a High School Math Class | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Rik Rowe provides examples from his high school math class where learners have voice and choice to build a strong culture of learning.
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Rik Rowe takes us on his personal learning journey in his HS math class where he has created learning environments where every learner is valued. He notes that they start building a strong Culture of Learning in the 1st 5 days (#1st5days) that enables everyone "to respect each other, depend on each other, challenge each other and value each other's contributions."


Discover how he personalizes the learning for every learner by giving them voice and choice and where learners take responsibility for their learning. Join Rik in the 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse this fall.


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Today's Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice

Today's Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 We...
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Jackie Gerstein shares her insight on how to give learner voice and choice in their learning. She believes that "All instructional practices in this era of learning should revolve around learner choice and voice."


What are your thoughts on learner voice and choice?

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Kent Wallén's curator insight, August 11, 2015 5:07 AM

Jackie Gerstein shares her insight on how to give learner voice and choice in their learning. She believes that "All instructional practices in this era of learning should revolve around learner choice and voice."

 

What are your thoughts on learner voice and choice?

Nancy White's curator insight, August 11, 2015 11:41 AM

This is a great entry-point to begin making learning personal for each learner!

Debra Walker's curator insight, August 11, 2015 12:06 PM

learners of all ages can benefit with this model.

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Are Schools Designed to Help Children Learn?

Are Schools Designed to Help Children Learn? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Do you know what the space invaders are in school? This post shows you how to identify them and remove them so you focus on learners and learning.
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Chris Watkins, an independent consultant and leading authority on learning in the UK and former reader at The Institute of Education, London Centre for Leadership in Learning has helped us understand how to personalize learning by focusing on the learner first. He launched a new site, http://chriswatkins.net, where he uploaded over 150 of his articles, handouts, presentations and publications on learning. Watkins’ Key Issues http://chriswatkins.net/key-issues/ shows that learning is rarely a focus on classroom life. He identified three sources he calls “space invaders” that take up the space as teaching, performance and work instead of what they should be focusing on: LEARNING.
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Ownership and Independence – The Keys to Learner Agency

Ownership and Independence – The Keys to Learner Agency | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

 As part of our blog series on Learner Agency, Jean Garrity of the Institute for Personalized Learning shares importance of ownership and independence in learning.

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As the fifth post in our blog series on Learner Agency, Jean Garrity shares about a visit to an elementary classroom in an urban district in southeast Wisconsin where she was drawn to an eight year old boy named William. 


Jean reflected and provided strategies for teachers on the following questions:

  • How can educators support learners like William and increase their sense of ownership? 
  • How can educators help learners become more independent? 


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Learner Voice Demonstrates Commitment to Building Agency

Learner Voice Demonstrates Commitment to Building Agency | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

This is Part 4 in the 6-part Collaborative Blog Series on Learner Agency with the Institute for Personalized Learning.

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Giving learners voice encourages them to participate in and eventually to own and drive their learning. This means a complete shift from the traditional approach of teaching compliance that develops a “learned helplessness” to encouraging voice where there is authenticity in the learning. 

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Insights on Personalized Learning - October Issue

Insights on Personalized Learning - October Issue | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Insights Bulletin Vol. 1 No. 3 published by Personalized Learning, LLC (www.personalizelearning.com)

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In this October Issue of Insights on Personalized Learning, the focus is on learner-centered environments and the national models that place learners at the center. Take a look at the deep conversations around the two-part series on Personalized Learning that Larry Ferlazzo introduced in EdWeek and the article from Amber Sawyer who looks closely at the soft skills learners need to be successful in a personalized learning environment. Finally, we included a new grant announcement from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.


If you would like to get Insights on Personalized Learning in your email, go to www.personalizelearning.com, locate the QR Code to the right and subscribe to receive Insights and our quarterly newsletter.

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Every Child, Every Day, For a Better Tomorrow through Personalized Learning

Every Child, Every Day, For a Better Tomorrow through Personalized Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in North Carolina, share their journey to personalize learning across the district.
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In 2014, CMS developed a clear definition of what Personalized Learning is in their district:


Personalized Learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools aims to develop the whole child and empower them to take ownership of their learning by providing them with multiple pathways to demonstrate mastery learning in order to be successful and productive 21st century citizens in an ever-changing world.
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Vicki Butler's curator insight, October 6, 2015 3:48 PM

Planning to share this with my MIT students as we begin our class on C & I.

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Self-Efficacy: The Secret Sauce to Learning Success

Self-Efficacy: The Secret Sauce to Learning Success | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Post on Self-Efficacy for blog series on Learner Agency by James Rickabaugh of Institute for Personalized Learning.
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Jim Rickabaugh shares the wisdom contained in Henry Ford’s quote in the image above. He states that Ford's statement captures the core of what we call "self-efficacy." The idea of believing in yourself if you can or cannot do something holds significant implications both for learners and for us as educators in our journey to nurture high levels of skill and knowledge. Jim eloquently explains how learners can develop a sense of confidence by developing good strategies, practice smart persistence and utilize the full range of resources available to them, they can and will succeed.

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Learner Agency: The Missing Link

Learner Agency: The Missing Link | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
First blog in series defining Learner Agency written collaboratively with the Institute of Personalized Learning.
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Learner agency often gets missed in conversations on transforming the educational system. We have a sense of ‘agency’ when we feel in control of things that happen around us; when we feel that we can influence events. This is an important sense for learners to develop. Learners must understand:

  • when they need new learning and how to learn what they need
  • when they need to unlearn what will no longer serve them 
  • when they need to relearn what they need to be successful 

- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2015/09/learner-agency-missing-link.html#sthash.WbCFgqKN.dpuf

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The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters

The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Students' ownership of the classroom and learning begins when you communicate that you're listening, that you respect them, and that they can trust you.
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Pernille Ripp shares how she builds community from the beginning of the year in her 7th grade classes. Some of her strategies include letting her learners chose where they want to sit, having them create the rules and listening to each other. Trust and communication are the hallmarks of a learner-centered environment.

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Guest Post: 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment

Guest Post: 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Introducing the collaborative blog series on Learner Agency by Personalize Learning, LLC and The Institute for Personalized Learning.

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Over the next few months, we will be engaging with the Institute for Personalized Learning in a series of joint posts on Learner Agency. Learner agency often gets left out of conversations on education transformation and even conversations about personalized learning. Yet it is a critical component in any attempt to personalize the learning experience with learners.

To introduce our readers to the Institute, we would like to share a link to one of their previous posts, 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment. The post examines several ways in which learners and learning play different and expanded roles in an environment where the goal is to prepare learners for a future in which continuous learning and the ability to learn independently are keys to life and career success.

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5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning

5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Learning and learning outcomes are more meaningful to students when teachers engage their passions, unleash their creativity, and give them time and tools for innovation.
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Vicki Davis starts the school year off with some great ideas on how to bring passions back to learning.

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Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom

Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

In an effort led by Jobs for the Future and the Council of Chief State School Officers has identified the competencies educators need to lead personalized learning effectively.

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A guiding document, "Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching" has been developed to assist school districts about the knowledge and skills educators need to create and sustain personalized, learner-centered environments.

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Teaching the teachers: ‘5 Ws’ course sets the foundation for personalization

Teaching the teachers: ‘5 Ws’ course sets the foundation for personalization | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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“It’s a foundational course,” Betty Wottreng explained. “It gives us a common vocabulary; a common way to talk about it so we’re calling it the same thing. I think that’s critical for this so we’re all talking about this in the same way.”


The 5 W's of Personalized Learning course has been optional for teachers so far, just as embracing personalized learning in general has been. But the administration team has agreed every teacher must take the course soon, Wottreng said, to line up with the school board’s personalized learning timeline, which calls for personalized learning plans to be in place for the 2016-17 school year.


Learn more about the 5 W's of Personalized Learning at http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/5-ws.html. Fall Session starts on September 23rd.



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