Am I doing this right?Is this what you’re looking for?What do you think about this?
Learning with a Purpose
As I personalize the learning process in my high school communication arts literature and composition courses, I hear students asking questions about how they can show evidence of their learning. They check in for approval even though we have created an environment of trust, innovation, and risk-taking. I want what we all seek: students creating new outcomes with learning; content they are intrigued by and learning they are invested in; engagement with and exploration of course material; and evidence of innovation.
This year’s theme — Innovation, Iteration, Implementation — reinforces and focuses on the innovation cycle introduced six years ago and the premise of the action network approach — multiple sites trying different approaches to implement the Institute’s Personalized Learning Model, sharing that learning, making adjustments and trying new things, and feeding that back into practice.
The Innovative Power of Asking, “What if? Why not? and So What?”
- A teacher’s primary responsibility is to facilitate learning by supporting innovation, provide immediate feedback to student performance, ask open-ended questions, and listen as students talk themselves through creative insecurity.
- Students delve deeply into concepts beyond comprehension of course content by asking, “What if? Why not? So what?”
- Learners understand how to assess their performance against course standards, recognize opportunities for growth, determine reasonable timelines for completion and sharing artifacts they create, and craft authentic outcomes as evidence of their learning.
- Participate in a workshop session personalized to meet the professional development needs (and Educator Effectiveness Performance Standards) of educators interested in personalizing the learning process for their students.
- Engage in conversation, share experiences, and plan strategies with educators interested in implementing a personalized learning model.
- So, students and teachers have the autonomy, space, and time to produce enduring learning experiences.
- So, let’s create immediate, actionable plans to make learning personal. For educators. For students.