What's Your Learning Style? What Is Your Learning Style? This quiz asks 24 questions and will take less than five minutes to complete. Try not to think too hard -- just go with your first thought when describing your daily activities and interests. By the end, you may have some new insights into your learning preferences. Editor's Note (2013): There is no scientific evidence, as of yet, that shows that people have specific, fixed learning styles or discrete intelligences, nor that students benefit when teachers target instruction to a specific learning style or intelligence. Their First 15 Minutes; Identity Day As June goes in schools, it is an extremely busy month. I have been in schools where we are just trying to make it to the end, but 5 school days from being over, I was lucky enough to be a part of one of the most memorable days in my teaching career. Forest Green hosted it’s first “Identity Day” and it was a tremendous success . This was from the hard work and culminating effort from the ENTIRE school community but was led by my fabulous Assistant Principal, Cheryl Johnson. This was all her idea and she had put in a lot of work ahead of time to ensure the success of the event. She not only came with up with the idea, but she brought everyone together which led to an amazing day. The thought behind Identity Day was that every single student and staff member would share something that they were passionate about and create some type of display or presentation to show this interest. Through this day, I learned so much about our students and our staff. Another reason I loved this pr
Template 1: Class Learning Profile by David H. Rose, Anne Meyer, Nicole Strangman and Gabrielle Rappolt The Class Learning Profile Template helps you better understand your students by identifying and noting their strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. The idea is to highlight the particular student talents, weaknesses, or interests that could facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of your teaching. Develop the profile in the context of particular learning goals, so that you can determine which student qualities may pose challenges or offer special opportunities. Form 1A, the Model Template, shows an example of a Class Learning Profile for a particular 3rd grade class, highlighting notable student strengths, weaknesses, and interests that pertain to a science unit on plants. Form 1B, Examples of Student Qualities, lists examples of student strengths, weaknesses, and interests—structured for each brain network—to help you get started as you create your own Class Learning Profiles. Form 1A. Form 1B. Form 1B. Form 1C.
PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION Phi Delta Kappan By James W. Keefe and John M. Jenkins Kenneth Sirotnik and John Goodlad caution us to think in terms of school "renewal" rather than "reform." Renewal is concerned primarily with what Sarason (1989) calls "creating new settings" that reflect critical inquiry about educational practice. Personalization of instruction and learning is the effort on the part of a school to take into account individual student characteristics and needs, and flexible instructional practices, in organizing the learning environment. In the past, antecedents of personalization have been known under different names: nongraded education, continuous progress education, individualized instruction, individually guided or prescribed education, and so forth. Several current systematic approaches to instructional improvement, such as style-based instruction and differentiated instruction, do border on the truly personalized. What, then, are the basic elements of a personalized approach to instruction? .
How to Help Students Develop Passion for Writing In an earlier post, I included a video that can be used to introduce students to a Writer’s Notebook. After two weeks of working with a new group of students, students have written more than ten entries and have reflected on their writer’s journals. Here are some student reflections: Individual Lessons Each writing lesson provided students with a different writing idea to try, but no lesson required students to write in a certain way. The Overarching Goal It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle I call product-based learning. Using only the Lucy Calkins materials, students work on three to six exploratory journal entries before choosing and working on a final piece. For additional journal entries, consider inspiring students through mini-field trips. Other schools might have students take “trips” to the roof of the school in order to get a different perspective on “ordinary” settings. Common Core Considerations Notebooks provide a foundation for more formal pieces of writing.
Instructional Strategies Online "What children learn depends not only on what they are taught but also how they are taught, their development level, and their interests and experiences.... These beliefs require that much closer attention be paid to the methods chosen for presenting material..." Understanding the Common Essential Learnings, Saskatchewan Education, 1988. (p.10) "The last decades of research in human learning have presented new insights into the ways that learners are active in constructing their own understanding.
Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, the student population grows more diverse by the day. Income levels, ethnicities, family structures, first languages, interests, and abilities now vary so much, that a traditional teaching approach, with a uniform lesson targeted to the average-level student, just doesn't cut it. (Sound familiar to you educators out there?) To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the Forest Lake teachers and staff are deploying a powerful array of widely available digital-technology tools. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a Tech Zone of eight Internet-enabled computers. More important than the gadgets themselves, of course, is how the teachers use them to create personalized lessons and a productive environment where each child is engaged. 1. You now have at your fingertips far more than just the old standbys of words and still pictures. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Turning A Library Into A Maker Space The next time someone tells you that libraries have no function because of the growing popularity of e-readers, direct them towards the Westport Library--a Connecticut library that just opened a MakerSpace--a place where people can tinker and create projects--for the local community. Because in case you haven’t taken a trip to your local library recently, libraries are no longer just for books. The idea for the maker space sprang from a Mini Maker Faire that drew over 2,200 people. The library’s website explains: "The establishment of a MakerSpace was a natural continuation of a clear interest in the Maker movement. The MakerSpace is where people can create content as well as also consume it--an incubator for ideas and entrepreneurship." The MakerSpace, which opened in early July, will always have a maker-in-residence. Westport isn’t the only town to have a MakerSpace in its library.
Assistive Technology indicates a link to that software publisher's web site. ALVA Access Group, Inc Makers of outSPOKEN, inLARGE, and brailleOUT access softwar for Windows and Macintosh systems Aurora Complete line of software for augmentative communication and learning disabilities. Dolphin Computer Access Developers of software solutions for computer users with visual impairments. Products include Supernova reader magnifier - network ready, for combined magnification, speech and braille from any Windows workstation. Fat Cursor A shareware program that will enlarge the cursor on a Macintosh. The current version can be downloaded at this URL: Hear-It Auditory tools from the Hearit Company for special education, reading, ESL/BIL programs ILIAD The NASA Johnson Space Center Learning Technologies Project has developed an affordable information retrieval tool called ILIAD that can be easily used by the blind to search the Internet. textHELP!
Learning Inventories When teachers know how their students learn best, they can design instruction that benefits all students. Knowing their own learning profile can help students become better learners, because they will be able to adjust their interaction with new material in order to understand and retain it. Several learning inventories are included in the Getting to Know Students Packet on the main page. Below are some links to online learning inventories that students can take to find out how they learn best. Websites on Learning Inventories: Learning Styles Online.com Find Your Strengths Learning Style Inventory What's Your Learning Style? Abiator's Online Learning Styles Educational Inventories: Learning Style & Multiple Intelligence VARK: A Guide to Learning Styles