10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blog Posts of 2017 from Education Elements

Education Elements

In 2017, we published blog posts from our team, our districts, and thought leaders from across the country, ranging from examples of personalized learning in real classrooms, to how to think differently about the purpose of curriculum, to how to change the mindset of a district, to why we do what we do (and why we have made some changes to what we do!) Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Elements CBE

Seven Things Education Elements Does to Support School Districts

Education Elements

One of the most common questions I answer about Education Elements is, “So what do you guys do?” Personalized Learning Competency-Based Education School Districts ClassroomsIf we have an elevator ride that goes to, say, the top of the world’s tallest building, I can give a fairly satisfying and comprehensive answer.

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Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Spectacular!

Education Elements

And while much of this work is focused on systems-level change and shifts in teaching practice, an absolutely critical component (in fact, it’s one of our Core Four ) is the use of digital content in the classroom.

What We Talked About in 2018 - The Top 10 Blog Posts from Education Elements

Education Elements

Here at the Bring Your Own Thoughts blog, it’s always been our goal to create space for a wide range of perspectives and experiences so that as many educators as possible can find content which is useful and relatable to their own challenges and goals.

Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Successful!

Education Elements

And while much of this work is focused on systems-level change and shifts in teaching practice, an absolutely critical component (in fact, it’s one of our Core Four ) is the use of digital content in the classroom.

Personalized Learning Requires Flexibility: An Update to Education Elements’ Core 4

Education Elements

Personalized Learning core four ClassroomsWhen I was in high school I had a fantastic U.S. history teacher who demanded that we each complete an independent research paper on the 1960’s at the end of the year.

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

Have you ever stopped and looked around your school, your classroom, and asked yourself: “How did this all happen? I look back on what our classrooms looked like, sounded like, and felt like a few years ago - and the transformation is amazing. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsWhere did it all begin? How did we get to this point? When did the transformation occur?”.

PL Summit: Making it Safe to Try

Education Elements

Last week, 225 personalized learning leaders descended on Silicon Valley for the Education Elements PL Summit, which included visits to schools and businesses, and dynamic discussions about personalized learning at the San Jose TECH museum.

Choose your partners wisely. And treat them well!

Education Elements

This is also the time of year when we at Education Elements focus on our blooming partner catalog - on building relationships with new partners, and cultivating and growing our relationships with old ones. It's spring and flowers aren't the only things blooming.

This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

Education Elements

Students in Wendy Daniels 4th grade blended classroom in Evanston, WY join a virtual pen pal session with 5th grade blended students in Middletown, NY. She wanted to create a virtual pen-pal class for her 5th grade blended classroom.

Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Education Elements

Below are five of the most common types of content provider data and how to use them to drive your personalized learning classroom. Data-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning.

It’s An Elephant!

Education Elements

As a Senior Consultant at Education Elements I have the pleasure of visiting more than 100 schools and districts each year some are just starting to think about innovation and others have completely re-imagined the thing we call school.

Keeping Personalized Learning (the Main Thing) the Main Thing

Education Elements

Our PL building leadership team collaborated on expectations and commitments, agreed on base model designs for PL in our classrooms, turn-key trained the core four, and started the process of developing a formal support structure for teachers transitioning to PL in their classrooms. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

More than One Metric Matters in EdTech

Education Elements

Making a difference for students is why I first became an educator, then a school leader, and why I work in an edtech start-up. Personalized Learning Education Education Elements Personalized Classroom #plearning #plearningframework EdTech

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Flipping Formatives and Structures in your New Personalized Learning Classroom

Education Elements

As we count down to this year's Education Elements Summit, we asked presenters from last year's Summit to share more of their innovative thinking with us.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed. As Cox explained: It’s my opinion as a special educator that not all students are the same.

The Power of Responsive Practices in Schools and Districts Across the Country

Education Elements

This summer I had the pleasure of working alongside my Education Elements colleagues to reflect on the incredible work our partner districts have accomplished in the past year. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts Classrooms

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Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. That decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. Personalized Learning Classrooms

How We Hire Employees Who Embody 21st Century Skills

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we are proud that our team members model the 21st Century skills we encourage in the classrooms we serve. As we continue to see the positive impact of our work, school and district leaders commonly ask us one thing about our team - what does Education Elements look for in a hire? Our consultants think big, seek collaboration, and enjoy solving the unique challenges each of our districts face.

Minute to Win It: Practices for Impacting Teacher Retention Through Consistent Celebration

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we believe that sparking learning through creativity, reflection, and play is key to adult learning. School Districts ClassroomsSo, let’s start here by playing a game. The rules are simple.

How Might Schools Quantify “Personalized Learning”?

Education Elements

Measuring your personalized learning journey is now easier than ever with the new Kiddom + Education Elements partnership. Personalized learning is a buzz phrase we hear often in education. Personalized Learning School Districts Classrooms

Slowing Down Before Going Fast in Forest Hills School District

Education Elements

However, when the district came to Education Elements, they sought to scale PL in each and every classroom, district-wide. In Forest Hills School District (FHSD) there have been pockets of innovation and personalized learning (PL) for some time.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week - 5 Terrific Tributes to Teachers

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we have the privilege of working with exceptional teachers who strive to personalize learning for every student. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Teacher Appreciation Week Personalized ClassroomHappy Teacher Appreciation Week! Being a teacher isn’t easy. The hours are long, the work is challenging, and sometimes the job can feel thankless.

Indiana and the personalized learning DNA

Education Elements

Two weeks ago, I got the opportunity to visit MSD Warren Township, in Indiana, during the Launch Academy for their second personalized learning cohort, lead by the Design and Implementation (D&I team) from Education Elements. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Personalized Classroom core fourDon’t worry too much - this is not about cloning!

Do Our Students Deserve It?

Education Elements

Working at Education Elements, where we build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, I’m often quick to answer with a resounding, “Yes!”. The vision of dynamic classroom environments--with targeted instruction and the organized chaos of self-directed student learning--is inspiring. Do students deserve personalized learning?

A Year on the Road: 3 Factors for Successful Educational Change

Education Elements

After eight years in the classroom as a math teacher and another seven as a school leader, I transitioned into a role at Education Elements just over a year ago in part because I wanted answers to those questions. “What’s it like in other schools? In other districts?

Teacher Leaders Creating Change in Kenai

Education Elements

Our Education Elements partners had seen this before. Is it possible to build leadership opportunities for teachers who don’t want to leave the classroom?

7 Steps to Improving Student Attendance

Education Elements

According to the US Department of Education , over six million students (14% of the population, or about one in seven students) missed 15 or more days of school in a recent school year. In Education Elements’ new infographic , we compiled seven steps to improving school attendance. Classrooms

Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We believe teachers should be designers of their classrooms. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and reflection. We want school teams to build connections at our workshops. We help districts visualize their personalized learning journey.

The First 20 Days of Personalized Learning: Laying the Foundation

Education Elements

The back to school season is upon us.

Are Teachers Truly “Shifting Away from the Station Rotation Model?”

Education Elements

Late last year we published a blog post on new evolutions on top of Station Rotation blended learning models that we’d been hearing about from educators in our Blended Learning Universe (BLU). Our friends at Education Elements didn’t agree fully with the way we characterized these shifts. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators LeadersToday we are trying something new.

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Natick created innovation teams to solve the challenging problems in their classrooms by evaluating innovative practices and tools. Education Elements offers personalized learning consulting services and can help schools walk through the process.

Are teachers truly ‘shifting away from the Station Rotation model?’

The Christensen Institute

Late last year, we published a blog post on new evolutions on top of the Station Rotation blended-learning models that we’d been hearing about from educators on our Blended Learning Universe (BLU). Our friends at Education Elements didn’t agree fully with the way we characterized these shifts. Q: We noted that there are educators moving away from the Station Rotation models. Q: As we wrote about, some educators may be tweaking or changing their classroom models.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

This year, we will use video as an informal look at the level of math conversations going on in their classrooms.”. Originally we partnered with Education Elements to provide on-site personalized learning PD and consulting.

How do teachers know if they are getting personalized learning right?

The Hechinger Report

It is often hard both for the teacher in the classroom, as well as the leader or coach observing him or her, to understand if all of the essential components for personalized learning are in play, and if what has been designed and planned for is actually being implemented.