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What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?
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What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn?

What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |
Hear four kids talk about motivation and Kathleen Cushman's information about the conditions for motivation in the webinar and chat.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

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:

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,

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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8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners

8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |
Kathleen Cushman writes a guest post for Personalize Learning on what is critical to motivate learners.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Kathleen Cushman, author of the engaging iBook, "The Motivation Equation", describes the 8 universal secrets of personalizing learning to create the motivated learner:


1. We feel OK.

2. It matters.

3. It's active.

4. It stretches us.

5. We have a coach.

6. We have to use it.

7. We think back on it.

8. I plan my next steps


Do not miss Kathleen in the Personalize Learning Webinar Series on January 21st, 5pm ET when she will go into depth on motivation. Go to and click on the Webinar Series or Events tab to link to this webinar.

8 universal secrets of powerful, personalized learning. - See more at:
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Personalize Learning Newsletter - Motivation, Engagement, and Voice

Personalize Learning Newsletter - Motivation, Engagement, and Voice | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

This has been a very busy fall with many requests for our process to build sustainable personalized learning environments for the Race to the Top - District proposals. On top of that, we are leading webinars, participating in panels, speaking in keynote addresses, doing workshops, creating eCourses, setting up Communities of Practice (CoP), interviewing thought leaders, and important research on motivation, engagement, and voice. This means we continue to create new resources, refine the process, and personalize our services to meet your needs.


Roles change for teachers and learners when personalizing learning in all three stages. Moving to Stage One where learners have a voice and choice takes time, a shared vision, and a Community of Practice (CoP) supporting each other. This chart above provides how roles change for teachers and learners in Stage One.


The research by Tashalis and Nakkula on Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice from Students at the Center provides a great rationale for learners who have a voice in how they learn and are more motivated and engaged in the learning process. This is about learners having a stake in their learning. We highly recommend reading this research if you plan to personalize learning for your learners.


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Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 2015 10:28 PM

Learning has moved from something students have done to them to something they get to guide through the thoughtful support of a highly qualified teacher.

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Learning Continuum: Motivation

Learning Continuum:  Motivation | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

The Insititute @ CESA #1 introduced the Learning Independence Continuum a couple of weeks ago.  Motivation is the first element in the continuum and in this blog they focus on intrinsic motivation.


"The best way to stimulate intrinsic motivation is to design learning activities that are interesting, valuable and purposeful to students.


How do you do that?


First, you must know your learner. A learner profile may help develop this understanding. Tapping intrinsic motivating factors requires insight from the perspective of the learner.


Providing feedback on short-term goals and providing autonomy and learner choice are also strategies that have been shown to be successful in motivating students intrinsically.


Our next post will show how intrinsically motivated students will move along the continuum and become engaged students once they put that motivation into action."


Lizeth Jimenez's curator insight, December 15, 2015 11:14 AM

This post talks about the importance to know your students before being able to motivate them!

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10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |
Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Here are the top 10 trends for personalized learning in 2014:


1. Change the Language to "Learner" not Student

2. Build a Common Language

3. Connect  the Dots

4. Plan First

5. Watch out for Shiny Objects

6. Encourage Learner Voice and Agency

7. Provide Opportunities for Choice so Learners Own and Drive their Learning

8. Encourage Instrinsic Motivation

9. See More Competency-Based Systems

10. Start Small and Take the Time You Need To Make it Work


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 6, 2014 12:53 PM

We are all learners. The cartoon speaks volumes.

Mickey Gast's curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:48 PM

What personalized learning is and how it can be optimized. Now that learning is available to "the masses", what is preventing "the masses" from taking advantage of learning opportunities?

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 26, 2014 8:47 PM

I like to see good change and this looks like the right direction. Going to make the changes in vocabulary now. 

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The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire

The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

From the author of "Fires in the Mind", Kathleen Cushman presents "The Motivation Equation" in an ebook format that illustrates the eight conditions related to motivation. This ebook is packed with ideas on how to bring motivation to daily practice.


Set your learners minds on fire this year! 

Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:26 PM

A wonderful ebook. A FREE ebook. A very cleverly designed ebook. A great ebook.


Many insights on motivation and learning, compellingly presented in a media-enriched format. Definitely worth spending time on this one!

Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:29 PM

Fascinating example of a very rich way to publish material. Great idea for student work as an alternative to powerpoints and prezis.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM

We have great  motiavions that impact oiur behavior,

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Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.


The research at the Students at the Center ( wrote nine reports on student-centered learning. Eric Toshalls, Ed.D., and Michael Nakkula, Ed.D. in one report, wrote the research on “Learning Theory: Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice” that described:


The Trifecta of Student Centered Learning

Motivation - Without motivation, there is no push to learn
Engagement - Without engagement, there is no way to learn
Voice - Without voice, there is no authenticity in learning


“For students to create a new knowledge, to succeed academically, and to develop into healthy adults, they require each of these experiences.” -Toshalls and Nakkula


Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Personalized learning as described in the research at Brown is built on the framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that is based upon decades of brain-research and neuroscience of individual differences, human variability and on how we learn. UDL is often thought about how it relates to special education, but to dispel that myth, the UDL principles is about how we understand how every learner learns.


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The Stages of the Learning Independence Continuum

The Stages of the Learning Independence Continuum | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

The Institute @ CESA #1 is introducing the stages of the Learning Independence Continuum in their blog following the release of the white paper, The Learning Independence Continuum.  In their first post they provide an overview with the remaining posts focusing on one of the stages of the continuum.


> Motivation

> Engagement

> Self-efficacy

> Ownership

> Independence


"In personalized learning environments, learning activities will fall all along this continuum – at times it’s more important for the educator to drive the work, at others, the learner will take the driver’s seat. However, in order for this to happen, all of the characteristics along the continuum should be developed and nurtured in each learner."

Angie Tarasoff's comment, August 20, 2012 8:34 PM
I wonder if there isn't another stage here - or maybe it's not on the continuum at all, but somewhere else: interdependence.

I'm starting to think we don't typically learn anything independently - but through interactions with other people, or the knowledge someone else has created.
Barbara Bray's comment, August 20, 2012 11:27 PM
Angie - Yes! You are right - interdependence. How to collaborate and work in teams. There is a large push to create independent learners and expert learners. Now you have me thinking.