Shifting Paradigms

shifting paradigms
Moving from an instructional paradigm to a learning paradigm The instructional paradigm, still in place in most schools, was primarily designed to support the function of teaching, or more specifically, the delivery of information from instructor to student. For practical reasons the design favored efficiency, which led to batch processing of students, segmentation of content areas, and credits b...
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All Learning is Personal: So What?

All Learning is Personal (image)
Jim Rickabaugh recently contributed a guest post to EdWeek's Deeper Learning blog. “Teach means ‘to show how.’ You can teach someone, or someone can teach you. Learn means ‘to find out about something.’ A person must learn things for himself. Someone else may teach him, but he must do the learning for himself." (Alexander J. Stoddard and Matilda Bailey)   All learning is personal – it se...
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Reflections on the High School Redesign Conference

This week we are pleased to have a guest blogger, Jody Landish, who shares her reflections on the recent High School Redesign Conference she attended as part of a team of educators from SE Wisconsin. Ms. Landish is the principal at North High School in the Waukesha School District. All students prepared for success! Some states call it proficiency, some competency, yet others mastery. The botto...
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Comment on the Youth Summit

Our annual Youth Summit is probably my favorite event of the year – seeing all those young people come together to learn about a new way to “do school” is always inspiring and never fails to give me hope for the future! I was going to write a summary of the Youth Summit for this blog, but Carolyn Reeves passed this comment along to me when she was going through the evaluations of the day.  It ...
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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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