January 26, 2018

I believe that we need to keep in mind that we are attempting to "personalize" a students education by allowing for flexible pace in the learning environment , in addition to creating flexible pathways to learn new material and develop new skills.  Proficiency based ed...

November 6, 2017

  • Create opportunities for intellectual risk – “Challenge them,” with tasks that are still achievable.

  • Provide a safe and secure environment – failure without penalty.

  • Create personal learning profiles that identify strengths and weakness.  Build off of str...

October 25, 2017

Courses tend to exist within a specific time frame.  16-18 weeks.  Within the course we attempt to break the time into units of study.  If we are to allow for flexible time for students, how do we retain the traditional semester course structure?  Why flexible time?  W...

October 10, 2017

Engagement is influenced by motivation.  Motivation, according to the Theory of Self-Determination occurs when a person innately strives to meet the intrinsic needs of:

  • Competence- desire to achieve mastery  

  • Relatedness/Connection – desire to interact with inf...

September 29, 2017

 I finished my grades and comments. I think I suck at this. - sorry students, I am trying.

A kid gets a poor grade because they can't understand or apply a concept.  Later, they figure it out and receive a better grade. Do you give them an A for achieving the knowledge...

September 25, 2017

This was an interesting roll out this semester.  I attempted to avoid the busy work of setting up student eNotebooks, registering for my

Website, then experiencing and overview unit.  In the past, students thought that this set up process was the course itself, building...

August 26, 2017


 

I wonder a few things.  It seems like the educational system is getting mucked up with the need to grade.  I have wrestled with this quite a bit and have yet to solve it.  What I have come to believe is that the proficiency scale should NOT be a point for grading.  T...

August 9, 2017

The standards have always baffled me.  They are really broad topics. So broad that I have always been challenged to implement them.  The Music standards in particular create "Anchor Standards" which were in a sense specific attributes of the larger topic.  I thought fo...

August 5, 2017

I have been working with colleagues to make sense of the personalized learning movement.  The terminology differences that exist from one resource to another can be daunting.    We integrated Marzano's work with the work of the State of Vermont and establish a language...

August 2, 2017

We have been engaged in sorting out all the differences that are present amongst Competency Based Learning, Proficiency Based Learning, Mastery Learning, Agency Learning, etc.  Essentially they are all somewhat similar. In addition to defining these, we are looking at...

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