May 16, 2022
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Small Shifts: Using Design Elements to Personalized Learning

As you prepare for the coming week, consider how you might give students ownership of their learning in one of the following PL Design Elements:

  1. Goals
  2. Inquiry/ Idea Generation
  3. Task and Audience
  4. Evaluation
  5. Feedback
  6. Instructional Plan
  7. Cumulative Demonstration of Learning

Think small steps instead of overhaul. Much of our teaching practice can give students ownership just by making small, intentional moves. Refer to the article “Orchestring the Move” by Allison Zmuda, et. al (link) for thoughts on what each of these elements mean.

Example: Bring student voice into the creation of a rubric or other form of evaluation- it can be small. It may be good to start with a task students regularly perform- such as a writing prompt or practice problem. Allow students to give input on what makes for a strong response and weak response. This small shift sets students up to own their learning by having set a personal mark of proficiency.


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Alexey Ruban

Joe Muhlberg

Joe Muhlberg is a Learning Experience Designer at Mason High School.

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