Wow! Teachers and Learners Roles are Changing – Chapter 3 #plearnchat

July 30, 2015 Leave a comment

This chapter of “Making Learning Personal” starts with the great Benjamin Franklin quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  The book explains that it is hard to leap directly into personalized learning so there is a process. The way education currently works in most schools supports teacher-centered environments. The tradition schooling includes teacher-centered learning with explicit or direct instruction. Stage one is still teacher-centered with learner voice and choice. Teachers in this stage use the Personal Learner Profile to determine how each learner learns best. Teachers then use that information to create a Class Learning Snapshot which is based on four diverse learners. Learning strategies are then based on that Class Snapshot with the idea that if you can reach the four diverse learners, you will be able to reach them all. Stage two is learner centered with teacher and learner as co-designers. Stage Three is learner-driven with teacher as facilitator and partner in learning.  Personalized learning looks different for every student, classroom and school who is trying to personalize the learning for their learners.

Switching Jobs

July 23, 2015 Leave a comment

In January or February, I heard of a friend that would be leaving on a grand adventure to live in Mongolia.  Heather was the Library Educator at Fountain Valley School. I have always been intrigued by the school which is an International Boarding school on the south side of Colorado Springs with 1000 acres and only 250 high school students. I was somewhat familiar with it because of friends and my son Frank’s desire to go there for high school.  I decided to apply. The first phone screening was pretty basic. The interview was a whole day affair. It was energizing discussing ideas with new people. I was offered the job of Library Technology Educator (Heather changed the name before leaving). I start in a few weeks and look forward to being at the high school level again and opening my eyes to new experiences.  Fountain Valley School seems to believe in Outdoor Education and Service Learning.  I can’t wait.

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Levels of (Teacher) Activity #edchat

April 19, 2015 Leave a comment

In Models of Teaching by Joyce, Weil, Calhoun, there was an interesting discussion about the levels of activity of teachers in a school. Which one are you?

  1. Gourmet Omnivore
    1. High activity people who initiate ideas for programs
    2. find kindred souls with whom to interact professional
    3. aware of the possibilities of growth
    4. exploiting and enriching whatever environment they find themselves in
    5. strive to learn all they can and find opportunities for development
    6. persistent
    7. 10 percent of the teacher profiles
  2. Active Consumers
    1. Engaged in activities also
    2. 10 percent of the teacher profiles
  3. Passive Consumer
    1. 70 percent of the teachers profiles
    2. amiable conformity to the environment
    3. high degree of dependence on social surroundings
    4. if they are with gourmet omnivores or active consumers, they too are very active
    5. if they are with other passive consumers, they are inactive.
  4. Reticent consumer
    1. very reluctant to interactive positively
    2. attends only staff development that is required
    3. often angry about having to be there
    4. deprecates the content
    5. tries to avoid follow-up activities.
    6. sometimes rejects opportunities for involvement in decision making
    7. emphasize defects around them.
    8. in the company of omnivores the can be carried along

I know that I am a gourmet omnivore, but this helped me think about where other people are in their educational journeys. The book talks about these levels so that good professional development can be planned for all types of faculties.

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