This week, Matt & Courtney answer questions about how to improve and learn things around personalized learning! There is a long list of courses, conferences, books, advice - all of which can be found at plearnmc.com or on Twitter/Facebook (also at plearnmc).
Can Personalized Learning Happen in Public Schools?
This week, Matt and Courtney talk about whether or not personalized learning can happen in schools. We talk about the bills in the Maine Legislature to delay and/or repeal the law requiring proficiency-based diplomas, and what that means for the movement. How do we respond to talk (by opponents of changing the way we do school) that test scores aren't improving like we said they would? Did we say that? What IS the point of changing to personalized learning? Here's one of many discussions to come.
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This week, Matt & Courtney talk about what standardized testing has to do with personalized learning. So many reasons about why standardized testing isn't useful for personalized learning.
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This week, Matt & Courtney talk about being explicit in the classroom. What are the skills learners need in order to be successful? How do we teach our learners those skills so they can be successful? Why can't adults get out of the way of the learners?
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This week, Matt and Courtney talk about paying for personalized learning. How much does it cost, what are the long-term costs, and are there other things we need to consider when starting a personalized learning system? The article we mention is here.
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This week, Matt and Courtney discuss an article they found... interesting. It was on Education Week and we found it to be a very interesting take on personalized learning and where the movement may be going. Thanks to @rickhess99 and @LarryAmplify for the thought-provoking words. Find it at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2018/02/a_confession_and_a_question_on_personalized_learning.html
This week, Matt and Courtney talk about a tweet from George Couros (@gcouros) that caught our eye. " If our focus is solely on 'engagement' in the classroom, we've created a culture where the student needs a teacher to learn. If we focus more on empowerment, the student gains ownership over their own learning, growth, and direction." Hell yes.
https://twitter.com/gcouros/status/962402189586063361 and thanks to Bradley Arnold (@leybradley), Steve Coote (@scoote27), and Conn McQuinn (@ConnMc) for some great replies we liked!
This week: Matt and Courtney talk about cooking tips, the difference between meals and salads, and chicken cordon bleu. It all relates to personalized learning, believe it or not. We also had some slight editing issues, and by we, we mean Matt. You will hear us out of one earbud each this week, as we (again, Matt) are still learning how to use two microphones.
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This week, Matt interviews Jethro Jones, principal of Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks Alaska and the host of the Transformative Principal podcast. We talk about culture in school buildings, the role of technology in today’s schools, and much much more.
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This week, Matt and Courtney talk about the differences between pace and readiness levels, and some of the struggles (and solution!) that occur when implementing personalized learning.
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