Feb. 12, 2016
Reading your responses from our EdCamp and the feedback and what worked and what can be improved, the overwhelming improvement for next time is to have facilitators. Many of you wanted to know more about Google Classroom, using Google Docs, Flipped Classrooms and Personalized Learning.
The Design Fellows of VBCPS have been studying and working on Personalized Learning and implementation in their classrooms. Suzanne Buhner is a Design Fellow and had her room full of principals and central office personnel observing her class in action as they productively worked on writing stories, reading, Achieve 3000 and in small groups. The students truly owned their learning and were able to speak clearly about what they were doing. The focus and learning intentions were crystal clear. This was an overwhelming event and I want to congratulate Suzanne for handling the influx of visitors and questions so gracefully!
What is personalized learning again? Keeping our student-friendly learning targets in mind, personalized learning is all about tailoring the instruction to the preferences and interests of various learners as well as pacing to a student's unique needs. Academic goals and content, as well as pacing and methods, can all conceivably vary in a personalized learning environment.
This is different from individualized learning, which usually refers to pace, and differentiated learning refers to the teacher tailoring to the learning styles, however the teacher is the leader in providing the materials and setting the goals. Personalized learning takes it all to the next level and puts it all together. It doesn't always mean technology tools have to be used, but that is the focus of the Digital Anchor schools that are 1-1 with technology.
We do not have that, but it doesn't mean we can't start moving in that direction! Teaching and learning become a two way street. Students need to be challenged to think about what they need to learn and how they can learn it most effectively. That collaboration between the teacher and student is the key to getting the children where they need to be!
Focus on the learning targets and have those discussions. Ask the students the questions and focus on the "WHY". Why do we need to know this? Why is this important to you as a teacher or to the student? Generate opportunities for the students to ask the questions and set their own goals. When the students set their own goals their efforts are focused and they feel empowered. Empowered students are powerful learners!
Attached are a few articles with more food for thought on personalized learning. Please take time to read through them during you 3.5 cold and snowy weekend!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Samples of STUDENT FRIENDLY Learning Targets at Small Group Tables
DENTAL PROGRAM Schedule
McGuire –AM K
Harvey – AM K
Blake – AM K
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE-Cafeteria STAFF!!!
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE
What will the kitchen be cooking up today?
Maybe some chicken, brown rice or parfait.
800 kids and lots of teachers too…
They’re preparing the poop deck and brewing the stew.
Like a carrier in dry dock…
That’s just what they do…
Debbie, Diana Lisa & Betsy, YOU ROCK!
What more could we ask for from our family of four…
“ZING!” goes the bell…the truck’s deliveries at the back door.
Next time you visit or order your lunch…
Be sure to SMILE and thank them a bunch!
Thank you Debbie, Diana, Lisa & Betsy!
♥, Kathy Morris