Posts Tagged 'universal design for learning'

The Slow Death of the Lesson Plan


As I work with schools in designing and developing personalized learning models for students and teachers, I’m starting to realize that the lesson plan is on the verge of transitioning to a slow uncomfortable death. A traditional lesson plan includes an objective, time and materials required, anticipatory set/warm up/drill, procedures (direct instruction/guided and independent practice), assessment, and closure. This is what I learned in my teacher preparation program, what I had to have available upon request as a teacher, and what was given to me as a school administrator during …

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Designed to Learn

Recently, I’ve visited and worked with several schools looking to improve educational outcomes through blended learning and personalized instruction. While similarly striving to innovate with technology, each school has its own approach, target goals, and instructional philosophy. Thus far, my chief observation regarding the road to personalizing instruction is that there are myriad potential paths and many miles to travel. I’ve also observed that the common denominator among schools exploring this space is a sense for iteration. Recognizing that all instructional challenges will not be resolved in one fell swoop, …

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Moving Toward Individualization in Education

Individualism in Education

I’ve been returning recently to a conversation I had in January when walking to dinner with Steve Hargadon during EduCon.  We were discussing Finland’s high performance on the international benchmarking assessment, the PISA. There was initial puzzlement when Finland was announced one of the top 5 scoring countries because so much of their educational structure was quite different from the other high scoring countries. What became apparent though is that the one theme the Finnish could agree on collectively was a narrative of equity. We’d like to believe that Americans …

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