From an early age, we are conditioned to brush things off and not take them personally. Before starting Pre-K this year, my wife and I made sure that our daughter knew the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” with the anticipation that we may need to remind her of it coming home from school one day.
But our classrooms are not the same. We HAVE to take things personally in the classroom because we should be making it personal! The 21st-century learner provides us with only a few seconds at the beginning of each day to see if we can get them connected to the content. And if we miss that window, it can take a lot of work to get everyone back on track! If we prepare our lessons with an intent to personalize learning for all of our students, we can expect our students to start owning their own learning.
During this session, we will discuss the 7 Principles of Personalizing Learning as adopted by our Kennesaw State iTeach team. This session will showcase simple tools, resources, and the 7 principles that can transform effective instruction into personalized instruction.
The session will focus Co-Planning Learning, Mastery Based Assessment, Choice for Demonstrating Learning, Choice and Voice, Varied Strategies, Flexible Pacing, and Just-in-time Direct Instruction, including examples of each principle in action and simple tools and strategies that can be used to begin implementing these principles into current instruction.
The first 25 minutes of this session will be an overview of the 7 principles with examples of their use in the 21st-century classroom. The next 15 minutes will allow teachers to work in small groups to share an idea or an example of how they may use the principle in their own instruction, and the final 10 minutes will be an opportunity for teachers to share their examples with the group. We will also be sharing examples and ideas through Flipgrid and Twitter.
At the end of this session, participants will leave with a better idea of how personalizing student learning can lead to student ownership of their own education. Participants will have a greater understanding of the importance of personalizing student learning through effective technology integration.
• Identify the principles of Personalized Learning.
• Effectively use instructional technology to help guide personalization strategies.
• Plan instruction that is directed at individual student needs.