The Door to Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning Strategies for Hairston and Lincoln

Happy New Year!

As the end of the semester draws near and a new year begins, resolutions abound. In our personal lives, most of us resolve to lose weight, manage stress and reduce debt. Yet our professional lives as educators is the one area in which we fail to resolve to make changes. Simply put, a resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something.

This year I challenge you firmly decide to do something different as an educator. Not a huge sweeping change, but something small that may impact your students in a big way.

How do you Know - Play Doh scene

Just a small adjustment in applying aspects of personalized learning can be the difference in moving from a proficient to distinguished educator.

What do we most often need to adjust in our teaching practice? There are many different ones for different people, but one in particular is perspective. The inventor of Play-Doh saw only one purpose for it - to clean wallpaper. His sister-in-law discovered a totally different purpose which at first seemed frivolous but proved to be a hugely successful venture. If you're stuck on there only being one way to use the tablet (substituting it for paper) or integrate personalized learning (moving desks around) maybe you need to think a little more creatively and see if your colleague or PLEF can provide specific ideas on which to integrate this initiative into your classroom.

Instead of Shaving Pounds, GCS is Shaving Amplify!

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Join the Canvas Revolution

Hello 2016 and goodbye Amplify. The end of 2015 brought us the news that GCS will explore the use of new devices for the 2016-17 school year. Click here to find out more. How does this impact you? It means that many of you will need to learn alternative ways to share resources with students as Playlist Builder will soon be a thing of the past. The answer is Canvas. If you've yet to discover then it's time to reserve 1:1 time with your PLEF to familiarize yourself and students with this wonderful tool. There are several units already created for your content. If not, this is part of what I'm happy to help with. In fact, give me the resources and I'll build your first course for you. This week will find me in the PACE office all day so we can get started. No need to reserve time, just drop by and we can chat.

Are you using Canvas yet?

Get to know Canvas K-12
Feel free to see me or one of your school's awesome Canvas coaches/power users*...

  • Lincoln: Seema Anand and Kimberley Sanderlin
  • Hairston: Tracey Meekins and Leslie Rachel

...or jump in on your own from your NCEd Cloud. Your classes and students are already loaded! What are you waiting for?!

If you want your own personal Coach-able Moment with Canvas, simply send me a calendar request for a day I am at your school and I will be at your door with bells on!

*Did I miss your name as a Canvas Power User? Shoot me an email and I'll add you to my list of experts (No need to feel as if you know all there is to know....just a little more than the average Joe ;)

Just for Fun: Formative Assessment Emojis

Formative assessment gives such valuable information about immediate student needs and informs instruction for the next day/week. Therefore, why make it a chore? Here is a fun way to make formative assessment something students look forward to!

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Goal Setting

Cheers to a new year! In looking forward to a great year ahead, now is a great time to set goals for yourself and your students. See the linked documents below for some great ways to creatively set goals with your students and be sure to revisit these at the close of each quarter or whenever appropriate! Have a wonderfully prosperous 2016!

See the linked documents below for some great ways to creatively set goals with your students and be sure to revisit these at the close of each quarter or whenever appropriate! Have a wonderfully prosperous 2016!

  • Reflections and Goals -- This tool asks students to reflect on the previous year and set some goals, for the new year.
  • Goals "Craftivity" (foldable template) -- The hands-on activity has students create a flip book with up to 5 goals outlining the steps to achieve that goal
  • 2016 Goals -- This tool asks students to list personal goals in a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 format.

Just PLEFin! - Wenalyn S. Bell Glenn

I have years of High Value Added Data in English Language Arts, a few years as a Literacy Coach, and recently Nationally Certified as an Instructional Coach...USE ME!

If you call or let me (Mrs. Glenn) know, I WILL COME. It is my pleasure to serve.