In many of my LINC virtual coaching sessions last week, one or more teachers made the statement, “I haven’t tried this yet because I’m going to wait until I can start it fresh next year.” We were discussing strategies for blended learning innovation with the goal of creating more pathways for student agency and personalization. In all cases, teachers were on board with trying something new like station rotation or a playlist, but they were reluctant to start now.
by Kim Weber, LINC Coach It’s 2012, and I’m standing in my classroom, after just leaving a workshop for this Learning Management System, called Schoology. I have fifteen years of teaching under my belt, and I’m thinking to myself, “Why make this shift in my practice? I’ve had a consistent good run: strong relationships with students [...]
Significant Traction in Second Academic Year for Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC) Accelerates Growth of Scalable, Research-Based School Transformation Methodology and Online Professional Learning Solution Milestones Include Series A Investment Round, significant growth in key markets in the US and Latin America, and induction of Advisor Dr. Arnetha Ball of Stanford into the National Academy of Education [...]
I sat with a teacher a few weeks ago that was confronted with a very common classroom challenge - how to create more differentiation in her classroom to better reach all of her students. She was worried that her struggling learners were not receiving adequate support from her. I could tell immediately from our conversation that [...]
One of the persistent issues that we hear from educators is...we can’t keep these students off of their cell phones. Some schools have (largely unsuccessfully) attempted “no cell phone” policies which usually results in backlash from students and parents and a lot of sneaking around. Some schools have tried to allow cell phones broadly which results [...]
by Charity Dodd, LINC Coach Recently I spoke with an educator who asked for support in creating a Professional Learning Community (PLC) for first year teachers in her building. What a great idea! I remember not even feeling the slightest bit like I knew what I was doing in the classroom until my third year teaching. [...]
When I first began blending digital and face-to-face learning, it was easy enough to create a flow between online learning spaces and offline learning. However, I noticed that sometimes my students were not getting as much out of the digital learning platform as I had anticipated. This was especially true when students could rush through their tasks, consuming content without real understanding or application of learning. Instead of trying to learn, they were racing to be done.
By Tiffany Wycoff When our team (LINC) speaks about the urgency of 21st-century learning, we cite futurists’ predictions about the uncertainty of tomorrow’s world – that by 2035, when today’s youngest students emerge from college into the work force, at least 38% of today’s jobs will no longer exist (lost to automation); that those students will have [...]
At the recent Big Picture Learning conference, Sir Ken Robinson stated, “If you design a system to do something, don’t be surprised if it does it.” Just as schools were designed as factory models to produce one-size-fits-all knowledge, lesson plans were designed to deliver the same objective to a whole group of students in the same [...]
Formative assessment is core to Personalized Learning. To master formative assessment as a pathway to personalizing the learning path, we need to make a critical mindset shift around assessment. Instead of thinking as assessment as the endpoint of the linear learning sequence, we need to think of assessment AS learning.