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Personalize Learning: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments

Personalize Learning: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

In attempting to transform teaching and learning to personalized learning, consider where you are currently and envision which stage you can see feasible for your school, district or community.


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Are We Asking Too Much Of Our Schools?

Are We Asking Too Much Of Our Schools? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Schools seem to be in a no-win situation. Despite all the good that they do when it comes to student learning and mental health issues that students suffer from, the negative rhetoric around school continues. It wasn't too many weeks ago when the Secretary of Education sent out a Tweet that attacked the public-school system (which really needs to stop). 

Here we are 17 years after NCLB (what has NCLB and mandates really helped?), and we still seem to have the same issues that we have always had. As hard as schools have been working to adapt to the sweeping changes in accountability and mandates or the constant stress of high stakes testing, they are still deemed unsatisfactory by politicians, policymakers and our various secretaries of education. 

Our school system seems to be based on a political cycle and not a pedagogical one. 

There is this constant need to ask or demand that schools change, which usually focuses on high stakes testing and international benchmarks like PISA. Unfortunately, when international comparisons on testing do not show expected improvement (PISA scores), schools are blamed for not being good enough. This cycle of negative rhetoric thrown at schools has undermined public education. And we need not look any further than teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky or student walk outs around the country to see that schools are at the center of a boiling point.  

Are asking too much of our schools?  

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How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed 

How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed  | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Speaking in front of an audience in a positive and safe classroom environment can help English Language Learners practice and learn. Veteran educators shar

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How to Design Your Digital Citizenship Curriculum - EdTech

How to Design Your Digital Citizenship Curriculum - EdTech | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
As technology becomes more prevalent in the lives of students, educators must evolve their digital citizenship curriculum. Learn why incorporating digital literacy, cyber hygiene, and cyber civility into classrooms are changing.
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“It doesn’t matter what they (students) read, just that they read.” Poppycock! - Tim Shanahan

No one has argued more strenuously than me for devoting scads of time to reading and writing instruction. But even I agree that content knowledge is important in reading and that time is needed to develop such knowledge. Unfortunately, time for reading instruction all too often comes at the expense of content learning.

What can be done to turn this around? Here are 10 suggestions. I wonder which ones will be most controversial in your schools.

 1.     Make sure reading texts present high-quality content (including excellent literature, as well as informational texts that explore our natural and social worlds).

It is often asserted that, “It doesn’t matter what they read, just that they read.”

Poppycock!

As a student, father, grandparent, citizen, scientist, member of the human race… I couldn’t disagree more. It’s like claiming that, “It doesn’t matter what they eat, just that they eat.”  

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Aligning Spaces, Strategies, and Assessments For a Powerful Student Voice

Aligning Spaces, Strategies, and Assessments For a Powerful Student Voice | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are three main areas of teaching that need to align in order for students to feel empowered to discover and share their voices: learning spaces, teaching strategies, and assessments.
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NAEP: Urban School Districts Improving Faster Than the Nation - Inside School Research - Education Week

NAEP: Urban School Districts Improving Faster Than the Nation - Inside School Research - Education Week | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Trial Urban District Assessment of the Nation's Report Card expanded for 2017, by adding both new districts and a measure of all large school districts. While relatively few districts saw significant gains over 2015, urban districts as a whole seem to be gaining faster than the national average.
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How to Practice Emotional Intelligence: Tips for Choice

How to Practice Emotional Intelligence: Tips for Choice | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Want to know how to practice emotional intelligence? Here are 10 expert tips from our worldwide network to choose yourself more effectively.

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Betsy DeVos Fights Dems on Vouchers, Safety, Civil Rights in Budget Hearing - Politics K-12 - Education Week

Betsy DeVos Fights Dems on Vouchers, Safety, Civil Rights in Budget Hearing - Politics K-12 - Education Week | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
"President Trump is committed to reducing the federal footprint in education, and that is reflected in this budget," Secretary of Education DeVos told members of a key House subcommittee.
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High School Group Calls for Comprehensive Literacy Plan - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

High School Group Calls for Comprehensive Literacy Plan - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A high school improvement group pushes for federal law to incorporate a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction.
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Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks

Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Students are easily distracted, but regular, short breaks can help them focus, increase their productivity, and reduce their stress.
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Big New Growth Mindset Study

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Using a representative sample of U.S. schools and their students, they found that students doing two twenty-five minute online lessons about a growth mindset resulted in a small but important academic gain (measured by GPA’s), with larger improvements found among students who had a track record of experiencing academic and socio/economic challenges.
They also found greater gains in schools they say “support greater challenge-seeking or academic effort.” That makes sense to me, though their measurement of that climate seems a little odd (if students chose to do more challenging math problems on a test).

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Curiosity: How Parents Foster Lifelong Learning in Children

Curiosity: How Parents Foster Lifelong Learning in Children | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
According to research, intellectual curiosity is the hidden force that drives learning, critical thinking, and reasoning. Curiosity helps children seek and acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of understanding the world. It is at the heart of what motivates young people to learn and what keeps them learning throughout their lives.

Most of us know that many children can achieve good grades without being curious — by understanding the system of test-taking and dutifully doing their homework.

Curious children, on the other hand, spend a great deal of time reading and acquiring knowledge. Why? Because they sense a gap between what they know and what they want to know — not because they are motivated by grades.

When kids are in curiosity’s grip, they often forget the immediate goals at hand because they are preoccupied with learning. This was the case with young people I interviewed for my book, Tomorrows Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation.  Many of them were so focused on public service that they missed school deadlines or didn’t have time to study for exams.

The young people I interviewed defined their success differently than many of today’s youth. They wanted to learn, not just achieve good grades.

Wow. What a concept.

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Are Special Education Students Being Written Off?

Are Special Education Students Being Written Off? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are some GenEd teachers who have an incredible ability to change their lessons to meet SpEd students where they are, while also maintaining the passion for truly reaching out to those students.

Others, however, know that SpEd students already have a network of support from their special education teachers so they don’t give them much time or attention. In fact, I’ve noticed that, often times, there’s not much of a purpose whatsoever for SpEd students to spend time in the GenEd setting, other than for interaction.

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Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school?

Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Executive function — a sort of air traffic controller of the brain — has been one of the hottest topics in education circles over the past 15 years. Yet experts disagree over what it is exactly, to what extent it really causes academic problems and whether anything can be done to improve one’s executive functioning. Even today, …
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Michigan's Literacy Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Michigan's Literacy Crisis is a Public Health Crisis | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Who suffers when our literacy rates are low? In this blog post by Tamara Bashore-Berg, we dive into the startling reality of Michigan’s literacy crisis and explore Dr. Nell Duke's argument that this issue is, at its heart, a public health crisis.
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Elementary Teaching Practices - Deep Learning at the OCSB - Sarah Milito and Luke Coates @roselimaSt 

Sarah Milito and Luke Coates of St. Rose of Lima

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PBL with a Purpose

Using project-based learning in support of clear curriculum goals leads to deeper learning and engagement for these school systems.
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Report: Even the Mere Presence of a Smartphone Makes You Dumber

A joint research project at several universities found that the "persistent presence" of smartphones comes at a "cognitive cost." Researchers in the schools of management at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, San Diego as well as the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon ran two experiments to attempt to measure how well people finish tasks when their smartphones are nearby — even if the phones aren't in use.
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On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class | Bridge Magazine

On nation’s report card, Michigan students remain in back of class | Bridge Magazine | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Michigan schools continue to trail most states in academic achievement, according to the national NAEP test.
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Elementary school teachers sometimes follow a class of students from year to year. New research suggests that’s a good idea.

Elementary school teachers sometimes follow a class of students from year to year. New research suggests that’s a good idea. | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A new study shows that students improve more on tests in their second year with the same teacher and the benefits are largest for students of color.
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10 Tips for Developing Student Agency

10 Tips for Developing Student Agency | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Student agency may be as important an outcome of schooling as basic skills according to a new Harvard study.
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OPINION: Here’s a way teachers can help break down equity barriers in high school: reading aloud to students

OPINION: Here’s a way teachers can help break down equity barriers in high school: reading aloud to students | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
It is harder now for high school students to focus on and make sense of long, complex texts, particularly the underserved students who were already struggling with reading. The 24-hour news and entertainment cycle, cellphones, work schedules and family problems are just a few of the pressures competing for teens’ attention. That means when teachers …
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6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
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7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span

7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Children often struggle to pay attention, but when they are given a task they view as challenging or hard, they are even more likely to give up before truly trying. If you notice a child that is regularly losing focus during challenging tasks, here are some strategies that might help increase that attention span and improve the overall outcome of tasks.
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