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Personalized Learning in Action

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past year, I have been blessed to support the Davis School District in Utah with their personalized learning initiative across the district. It has been exciting and challenging work as I have been mentoring principals, facilitating workshops, and providing teachers feedback where schools are all at different places as they work to create more personal experiences for learners. Snow Horse Elementary was not one of them. to further their learning.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. A student at Belmont-Cragin Elementary School.

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Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning

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This year’s theme— Personalized Learning for the Whole Learner —aims to help school leaders from around the U.S. see how their peers are shaping learning environments for students and educators. And far more than just listening to speakers from a stage, we're crafting time for conference attendees to meet in intimate groups with each other and with speakers to explore the issues and challenges that confront each one.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers facilitate the building block of Communication, not only are they nurturing a learning environment that supports personalized learning, they are also helping students to develop skills that are essential for personal and professional success. Remember Nonverbal Communication – Listening is an important skill for communication for personalized learning.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers facilitate the building block of Communication, not only are they nurturing a learning environment that supports personalized learning, they are also helping students to develop skills that are essential for personal and professional success. Remember Nonverbal Communication – Listening is an important skill for communication for personalized learning.

One Step at a Time: A Traditional School’s Journey Into Personalized Learning

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It is a part of the Lumen Christi Academies , a group of Catholic schools in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to “nurture ethical scholars who will change the world” through active, personalized and student-led learning. Much of the changes center on shifting our culture and mindset from teacher-focused to student-centered learning. This allows teachers to tailor their lessons to meet student needs, without crafting an entirely new lesson structure.

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

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Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model.

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that’s been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. It sets these schools apart from a more recent wave of personalized learning, which is often dominated by technology and dogged by criticism that it isolates students from each other and from learning’s larger purpose. “We’re K-12 News Personalized Learning Social emotional

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

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At my district’s high schools, personalized learning is fairly easy to see. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. Sometimes our elementary and middle school teachers come across as almost apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning compared to their high school counterparts.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

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Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners

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Like every other student using the Summit Learning platform, Pozo must start each class by setting his goals before doing activities. This goal-setting feature is part of the Summit Learning Platform, an online tool used in a personalized learning program created by Summit Public Schools. Core to the charter network’s vision is a belief that students can be empowered to make choices that direct their learning, with guidance from teachers and access to real-time data.

A year of personalized learning: Mistakes, moving furniture and making it work

The Hechinger Report

SAN DIEGO — Vista High School principal Anthony Barela had a vivid image of what school here could look like after a $10 million grant to reimagine learning: Rolling desks and chairs, with students moving freely and talking about their work. Vista’s trials and errors started when the school became an XQ Super School Project, with a five-year grant by the national nonprofit to bring a personalized-learning approach to this suburban district. Future of Learning.

Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

The Hechinger Report

More group work was associated with greater individual gains in a new study. I visited many elementary and middle schools where students, with bulging headphones wrapped over their heads, stared at separate computers, each learning something different at the same moment. Others were jumping ahead to concepts that were grade levels ahead of what they would traditionally be learning. Related: A study finds promise in project-based learning for young low-income children.

How A Simple Student Feedback Tool Helps Personalize Learning and Safeguard Student Well-Being

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Zachery Ward But something happened that transformed Ward’s math teacher into his favorite teacher—she took the time to recognize and then address his emotions, changing her practices to meet him where he was with real-life examples. Now, as a teacher myself, math is my favorite thing to teach,” explains Ward, a third-grade teacher at Bryan County Elementary School in rural Georgia. Then I know I need to meet with them the next day during a small-group session for support.”

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Students at Revere High School in Revere, Massachusetts, worked in groups in the school library in 2015. Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston. The paths that schools take to personalize children’s learning vary widely.

McGraw Hill Announces New Elementary Math Program That Increases Student Curiosity and Confidence

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Learning science company McGraw Hill today announced the release of Reveal Math, a new K-5 math program that offers a unique instructional model helping teachers incorporate both inquiry-focused and teacher-guided instructional strategies to unlock their students’ mathematical potential.

How Small School Districts Are Making Personalized Learning A Reality

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WILDER, Idaho — Eight years ago, the principal of Idaho’s Wilder Elementary School, Jeff Dillon, made a tough decision: He pulled his children out of the district high school to send them to private school. “I I took a beating for that,” Dillon admitted, but added it was the right choice because the school was doing a poor job meeting the needs of students. My kids begged me to come to summer school,” said Chantelle Mullins, a mother of two elementary school students.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. We not only want students engaged, but also want to see evidence of learning aligned to high standards as well as the development and application of essential skill sets. Within minutes I received new recommendations and I took a few minutes to learn how to use each new tool.

Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

The Hechinger Report

On the opposite end of the bright, airy space, another small group of students experimented with piecing together real-life circuits that beeped, buzzed and blinked when connected. The teachers keep a close eye on this data and use it to develop small-group activities that make the material come to life — such as working at the virtual reality stations — or to identify the students who failed to master the lessons on their own and pull them out for extra tutoring.

Blending with Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. When it comes to personalized learning , the “personal” should be emphasized. Putting all kids in front of a device and having them engaged in an adaptive learning tool all at the same time is not personalized. In many cases, but not all, technology is a catalyst to facilitate the personalization of the learning environment.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

If you do a Google image search for “classroom,” you’ll mostly see one familiar scene: rows or groups of desks , with a spot at the front of the room for the teacher. “We couldn’t afford to have an individual teacher for every student, so we developed a way of teaching large groups,” as John Pane, an education researcher at the RAND Corporation, puts it. Personalized learning is the No. So what is personalized learning, exactly?

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Thanks to Twitter, I connected with so many of my dear friends over lunch, group discussions, dinners, and parties. Teachers Pay Teachers Items : tons of teachers have donated some of their best selling and most creative lessons, units, and activities from their personal stores! Day 5- What did I learn?

Personalized Learning: Mistakes, Moving Furniture and Making it Work

MindShift

This story about personalized learning was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. SAN DIEGO — Vista High School principal Anthony Barela had a vivid image of what school here could look like after a $10 million grant to reimagine learning: Rolling desks and chairs, with students moving freely and talking about their work. More student control over learning.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

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There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Remote learning has been a disaster for many students. But some kids have thrived

The Hechinger Report

Dalton McKittrick is among a small number of students who have thrived in remote learning. Like millions of other American school children, he was pushed into remote learning from home when the coronavirus hit this spring. He enjoyed learning again. He enjoyed learning again.

OPINION: Fires, storms and Covid: How some school districts focused on equity during decision time

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How could they access learning opportunities like everyone else if school remained remote? That’s why, when Monterey reopened with remote learning in August, students without homes gained access to supplies and laundry machines as well as a safe physical space to learn.

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

The Hechinger Report

On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, three miles and a world apart. Black, Latino and Indigenous groups are often left out. Then there’s the question of personality, of what a gifted person is like.

‘Self-directed learning’ skills are key to making remote instruction work

The Hechinger Report

While some students thrived during the coronavirus-inspired spring of remote learning, educators, parents and students themselves have reported frighteningly low engagement. In a classroom, most of the time, you are forced to work on assignments either as a class or in a small group of friends. Tyler Thigpen, co-founder of The Forest School: An Acton Academy in south metro Atlanta, said learning in his school went on mostly as usual after the coronavirus hit.

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

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It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all students thrive in our schools. Not only has ongoing formative assessment and quality feedback been honed by teachers for years, it has also become recognized as a core element of personalized learning environments, as highlighted in Rhode Island’s Personalized Learning Whitepaper. You Need Data to Personalize Learning.

Schools on a screen: One tech-savvy school district has lessons for others going online

The Hechinger Report

Are you ready to learn the basics?”. Children and teachers were familiar with a variety of learning apps and other educational software. Cuomo, who appeared to question this week whether students have to be in classrooms at all , drew immediate fire from many educators and parents, and his secretary later wrote on Twitter that “nothing could ever replace in-person learning.” Children need to apply what they learn, not just regurgitate.”.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

The Hechinger Report

Along with Rose, I contacted a middle and an elementary school teacher to see how they are faring. The coronavirus has in many ways become an unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships, forcing a readjustment of expectations without daily check-ins and in-person interaction, without tissues for tears, high-fives for a job well done or praise in front of classmates. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. Surveys and interviews routinely find that many students prefer learning directly from teachers and get tired of looking at screens. The school uses a platform called Summit Learning as an element of a schoolwide initiative to offer students academic and social-emotional support that is tailored to their needs.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

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While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years. If this post helps some of you avoid the mistakes I learned early on, then it will accomplish its purpose! When I asked what she’d done, he described how she had them draw their personal seal that would include some of the things they love. I work to reinforce the paperwork flow so we can focus on learning. We have to peacefully cooperate and learn together.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act , all students are entitled to the special services and accommodations necessary to enable them to learn.