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Four reasons to seriously worry about ‘personalized learning’

Huh) Personalized learning sounds good, right? Who could be against it? Well, here’s a post about why you should worry about what we call “personalized learning” today. It was written by Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” By Alfie Kohn Tocqueville’s observations about the curious version of democracy that Americans were cultivating in the 1830s have served as a touchstone for social scientists ever since. A couple of decades ago, that last phrase reminded me of how our pitiful individuality was screwed to the backs of our cars in the form of customized license plates.

A suffix can change everything. Personal learning entails working with each child to create projects of intellectual discovery that reflect his or her unique needs and interests. 1. 2. 3. 4. You may also be interested in: 1. 3. 4. Rethinking Technology, Creativity & Learning in the 21st Century. Over the past year my research team (the Deep-Play Research group) and I have been writing an on-going series of articles about rethinking technology and creativity for the 21st century.

Rethinking Technology, Creativity & Learning in the 21st Century

Published in the journal TechTrends, these articles have been great fun to write, providing us the freedom to think deeply about these issues and, most importantly, put our ideas in words, and share them with the wider world. We have attempted to keep the writing as as accessible (and non-academic) as we can. Though I have posted them on the blog on a regular basis I realized the need to create a single space where all the articles can be posted in a chronological manner. The first article in the list below, was actually not part of the column but is included here since it presents the first clear articulation of our ideas about trans-disciplinary learning.

Mishra, P., Koehler, M.J., & Henriksen, D. (2011). Why We Don’t Truly Embrace Failure. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately.

" Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E.

Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative. " Alternative formative assessment (AFA) strategies can be as simple (and important) as checking the oil in your car -- hence the name "dipsticks. " (Tips for Teachers) Experiential Learning with the Help of Technology. 27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom. 27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom by TeachThought Staff We’ve talked about the definition of intrinsic motivation in the past.

27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom

We’ve also talked about some basic ways to improve student motivation. This time, it’s Mia MacMeekin‘s turn to speak to you about the same, but through gridded, blocked, and easy to read infographics. The graphic starts with a definition for both intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation, then offers 27 verbs that can help promote that magic stuff that is characterized by curiosity, effort, engagement, and academic success. Some were a little iffy–“praise” and “milestones” seemed a little closer to extrinsic motivation. Our favorites? 5. 7. 8. 22. 23. 24. The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future.

Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article written by Katie Lepi that originally appeared on June 7th, 2014.

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

We believe this information is still highly relevant, but we wanted to update it with the latest thinking. To do that, we invited writer Michael Sledd to take the reins. Education has traditionally focused on the basic “3Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic. However, as the ever increasing pace of technological innovation drives changes in the world, educators must re-evaluate whether the skills they teach truly provide their students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, the workforce, and in life overall. This naturally leads to the question of what those skills are or will be, and while there are other excellent suggestions out there, Pearson’s 2014 edition of “The Learning Curve” report lists the 8 skills below as those most necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Understanding and Teaching These Skills Leadership Digital Literacy Communication. Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics.