"An LRM isn’t a curriculum-in-a-box but rather a robust, open-ended framework that’s designed to support and simplify learning, assessment and documentation in personalized learning settings."
Many schools and districts around the country have begun to recognize the potential personalized learning has to breathe new life into our education system. Personalized learning creates a valuable, authentic, individualized path to success for each student and invites teachers to think beyond traditional classroom approaches to construct meaningful learning experiences. Naturally, however, this approach also creates several new challenges, particularly the need to document a variety of diverse learning experiences and tie them to the Common Core or other curriculum frameworks.
Luckily, toolkits known as Learning Relationship Management platforms (LRMs) exist to assuage these difficulties and support teachers and students as they expand their use of personalized learning. An LRM isn’t a curriculum-in-a-box but rather a robust, open-ended framework that’s designed to support and simplify learning, assessment and documentation in personalized learning settings. Here are three specific tools a strong LRM might contain to simplify personalized learning:
A Learning Continuum
Documentation and accountability have long been seen as obstacles to personalized learning. Many teachers, administrators and parents believe that there simply isn’t time in the day for a teacher to personalize content and skill targets for all his or her students in a way that still adheres to all federal, state, and local curriculum standards. An LRM with a built-in Learning Continuum, however, can make high level accountability a reality in personalized learning environments.
Using a Learning Continuum, teachers can tie each individualized learning experience or assessments to specific goals or standards. In this way, the LRM naturally creates reports that explain which standards each student has explored, how many times they’ve accessed those ideas and how they’ve demonstrated competency or mastery. If an LRM is used across a K-12 district, the system becomes even more valuable because it creates a permanent record that doesn’t just reflect a student’s final grades but also gives voice to each meaningful learning experience or “Eureka!” moment they’ve had throughout their educational career.
A Learner Profile
For personalized learning to work, teachers must have a deep understanding of each student, and those students must build self-knowledge and metacognitive skill as they progress through school. Learner Profiles are powerful tools that bring teachers and students together, encourage reflection and foster student buy-in. For schools and districts looking for access points to begin a personalized learning program, creating Learner Profiles is an ideal place to start.
A Learner Profile is a deeply individualized space that reflects each student’s personality, their learning styles and their unique way of looking at the world. Building these profiles taps into students’ love of social media and online surveys, but in reality, the Learner Profile is a leverageable tool that simplifies the planning of personalized learning experiences. Teachers can use their students’ Learner Profiles to get to know them faster and more effectively, while students can use the space to show teachers, administrators, parents and peers that they are ready to take on the world.
A SMART Goal Setting Tool
Goal setting is a key element of personalized learning. Students must be able to articulate how education connects to both their long- and short-term visions for themselves, or school risks feeling meaningless or inauthentic. On the other hand, teachers can use student goals to build urgency for learning and demonstrate the importance of certain concepts or skills.
Strong LRMs include specific goal setting tools to support this process. Of course, students (especially younger students) often struggle to articulate their short-term aspirations and long-term dreams in focused, measurable language, so the best LRMs use an established framework to structure goals and encourage students to internalize goal-setting practices. SMART Goals, for example, challenge learners to articulate their aspirations in a way that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. By walking students through goal creation in a systematic, step-by-step manner, an LRM pushes them to think harder, dream bigger and achieve more.
To learn more about powerful, difference-making LRM tools, schedule a demo of Epiphany Learning today!