5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey share five very important concepts in today's show. In their book, Make Learning Personal, they talk about how you enlist the support of learners beneath their own process of learning.

5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

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They argue that student should assemble a “personal backpack.” This is not a physical backpack, necessarily but includes tools and strategies that help them learn according to their own style of learning.

I think this is a fantastic evolution in our thinking, not only about technology but also about learning. Their approach empowers meta-cognition, something we know helps learners progress.

Perhaps the most important thing they argue is the use of the word “learner” instead of the word “student.” They believe that the word student is a much more passive word and the word learner requires more active thinking.

I highly recommend Make Learning Personal, it is an excellent book for your summer reading. It is a new way of thinking and a much more empowering approach teaching, that starts with a teacher's relationship with students. The relationship is first. Great book and two amazing ladies.

Bios of the Authors of Make Learning Personal

Barbara Bray,@bbray27  co-founder of Personalized Learning, LLC, co-author of Make Learning Personal and founder/owner of My eCoach, is a creative learning strategist and futurist who is a writer, speaker, presenter, instructional designer, coach, and keynote speaker.

Kathleen McClaskey@khmmc is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, a futurist, education technologist, keynote speaker, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Yesenia June 28, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I cannot wait to use this took to have my student become a more active student in my classroom. By using this personal backpack they will be driving their own learning. It is a whole new view of what the learner could be. I want to change the roles my learners see themselves in. I’m super exciting to try this in September!


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