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Summer 2017

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Summer provides a great opportunity to recharge and reflect. This reflection can be undertaken by an individual classroom teacher and/or collaboratively with a leadership team or a team of teachers. We’d like to support you and your team with a focus on Personalized Learning. Previously, in IndistarBURST, we introduced the four personal competencies (Cognitive, Metacognitive, Motivational, and Social/Emotional). Personalized Learning integrates these competencies in the contexts of the School Community, School, and Classroom.
The publication Personal Competencies in Personalized Learning links the competencies to personalized learning. It then provides specific examples of personalized learning strategies and resources that support the development of a student’s four competencies.  These examples are presented in easy to understand templates that help guide reflection and planning for a more “personalized” learning experience for your students.
Indicators in Action is a video-based professional development tool supporting exceptional leadership, great instruction, and strong school communities. Let’s continue our look at Personal Competencies with the assistance of video from Indicators in Action.

What factors influence the development of the Personal Competencies and student learning?  Among all the factors, classroom management has the greatest effect on learning (see chart below; Wang et al., 1993, 1997, in Personal Competencies in Personalized Learning, pp. 10-11)
An important aspect of classroom management is classroom organization.  How can you improve the organization of your classroom? Listen as an elementary teacher discusses what she does the first couple of weeks of school. Open this link and select  #7 Organized Classroom. Then explore the entire “Classroom Management” module for other examples of effective classroom organization ideas.

How can technology help you enhance your students’ Personal Competencies?  How can it help you collaborate? Start by utilizing the templates in the document Personal Competencies in Personalized Learning to address those competencies.  Extract the main points from the template into a document on your computer screen and then have your team log into ScreenLeap to view your screen as you work together building a plan that will address the competencies and advance your school, team, and students. ScreenLeap is free and easy to use. Each participant logs onto the site and can view your entire screen or just part of it.  You are in control of what they see. ScreenLeap works with desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

INNOpods are CIL's multimedia modules that blend Personalized Learning and the Science of Innovation. Last month we suggested watching the video in the screen below. 

Maybe watching a video is not your preferred way to learn about something new like INNOpods.  So this time we’ll take you to an article that presents similar information – how the flipped classroom can be implemented in a variety of settings, maybe some you’ve never thought about.
Follow these steps:
  • Click this link: Flipped Classroom.
  • Once there, close out the window about INNOpod 1.
  • Scroll down and click #3 What is the FLIPPED CLASSROOM I Keep Hearing About?
  • The screenshot above will appear.
  • Click on the words “this article” in the text on the left.
  • After that you are on your own to explore the INNOpods
Andrew Davis, Principal of Round Hill Elementary School in Loudoun County, Virginia, shares his thoughts about goals for the upcoming school year in this 3 ½ minute interview. Embedded in his thinking are examples of initiatives that address essentials of Personalized Learning, including the use of technology to engage students and grant them a degree of control over time and place for their learning.

Watch for the new issue of the School Community Journal, which will be posted soon on the journal’s site. Look for featured research and field reports from the U.S. and around the world on engaging families and other partners in creating a sense of community within the school.
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