Post 24 on the TeachThought 30-Day Blogging Challenge: What learning trend captures your attention the most and why?
Of the many trends and ‘new ideas’ in education, I think I’d pick Personalized Learning Plans as the one that is capturing my attention. Here in Vermont, we have a new act (Act 77) requiring schools with students in grades 7-12 to develop personalized learning plans. This is going to be in place by September of 2015. The act provides students with the opportunities to explore multiple pathways toward graduation, guided by their personalized learning plans. Already, high school students have the opportunity to take classes at Vermont colleges and universities as one of these paths. All of this is designed to help ensure that students are college and/or career-ready by the time they graduate from high school.
The reason I’m excited about it is because it filters down to our middle school students. At a younger age, students will be setting goals, establishing contacts with the community, working with adult mentors, designing aspects of their school days, and more. Students will use ePortfolios as a means to document their learning and set goals. The state of Vermont is working with vendors to develop the best tools for the job, but starting now, we can have students begin to think about the process of learning in a new way.
This will promote student-centered learning in a positive way and shift the role of teacher to guide them through the process. I know I’m not as informed and articulate about this topic as I will be in the next few months, but I am excited that I am a member of our school’s PLP team.