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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments

The Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) needed to be updated again. Why? Because of the considerable feedback we received from participants in our 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse about our first and second versions of the chart. Some of the feedback was about consistency and flow across the stages. What worked in what stage? We definitely want to thank those that critiqued the stages for us and helped us with this version three that we hope will be the final version. We are hearing from many districts around the country that the Stages of Personalized Learning we developed are the foundation of their personalized learning initiative. 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. All feedback is welcome and appreciated.

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Cultivating Multiple Intelligences at the Key Learning Community Pat: There has to be exploration and it has to be decided by the children, not the teachers. Narrator: It's unusual enough for teachers to meet voluntarily each week before school starts to share insights and discuss educational theory. Beverly: We teach our children to speak up for themselves and to go after what they want. They'll be very assertive to the college of their choice and then bug that college to death until they get in. Narrator: But at the Key Learning Community in Indianapolis, Indiana they've invented a whole new language to talk about learning.

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. 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.

PLE : iTeachU Information Fluency provides a model for educational activities; the Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is the place where those activities happen. Just as learning activities and their products map to the three areas that comprise Information Fluency, those activities and their products can be mapped to different tools and resources. About the “PLE” Personal The PLE is personal because the people, applications, tools, resources, and services are chosen to match our individual, idiosyncratic needs. Each is adopted and discarded according to our needs and whims. 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.

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. 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)

How To Create a PLE to Stay Relevant in 2013 “Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience…has created not only promising changes but also disruptive moments in teaching.” EDUCAUSE Review, 2012 This quote from Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education (Bass, 2012), gives a good a reason as any for educators to develop a Personal learning Environment [PLE]; a space where we can keep up with the experimental modes of learning, instruction, changing pedagogy and instructional methods that surfaced in 2012. In a previous post I introduced the concept of PLEs and touched on why educators may want to consider developing a PLE for 2013. In this post I’ll outline how educators can develop their own PLE, where to start, and I’ll provide specific action steps, and what tools to use.

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." 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.