Self-Efficacy: The Secret Sauce to Learning Success

Years of experience and decades of research underscore the wisdom contained in Mr. Ford’s words. This statement captures the core of what we call self-efficacy. This seemingly simple concept holds significant implications both for learners and for us as educators in our journey to nurture high levels of skill and knowledge. We know that the most difficult and challenging learner to teach is the...
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New Roles

By Laura Vitale, Digital Media Specialist As you might have guessed by now, moving to a personalized environment will mean that roles and relationships between the learner and teacher will change. No longer is the teacher the keeper of all knowledge. No longer is the student seen as a vessel to be filled with information. This does not mean the teacher is obsolete, however. In fact, in a person...
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Typical Day

By Laura Vitale, Digital Media Specialist We’ve called this installment Typical Day, but I think what you’ll realize after listening to the audio is that there really isn’t one! That’s the beauty (and the scary part) of personalized learning. You will hear common themes however. Things like dialogue, conferencing, listening. You’ll also hear them talk about working together with students and te...
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5 Key Shifts in Thinking and Practice for Educators in a Personalized Learning Environment

Student-facing View In two previous blog posts (here and here), we explored 12 things to look for when visiting personalized learning environments. Knowing what to look for in the behaviors, words, and activities of learners can make the difference between seeing what seems to be a positive, engaging learning environment, and understanding the factors present that contribute to making the learn...
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