Tips in 10: Take the On-Ramp: Projects that help you be Personalized & Competency-based
Value: It’s good to allow ourselves to have an on-ramp to competency-based and personalized learning. Often we go to the big picture, “How could I ever meet all the standards that way?”, or, “How could I be pulled in so many directions?”. However, it’s good to remember that transitioning to CBE and learner-centered learning means exactly that, it’s a process or period of time, not happening in one instance. So let’s give ourselves some space to learn and grow. Start with just one learning progression, that is structured in a way that students can personalize it by connecting it to their interests, you can personalize it based on your learners’ needs, and their learning can be tracked by competency. Learner-centered and learning-driven.
Following the six simple steps below can get you moving. You can do this as a project within a larger learning progression you have planned or it could be used to structure semester-long engagements.
6 Steps to Start a Project that can be personalized or competency-based
1) Establish your benchmarks
Determine the grade appropriate skills that you’d like your learners to gain.
2) Create the performance tasks
Design the summative tasks which would allow your learners to demonstrate mastery of those skills.
3) Design the practice activities
Think of your group of learners with their varying abilities and then plan a series of activities you could lead learners through to help them prepare for the performance tasks
4) Find the models
Gather examples and exemplars to share with learners to help them understand and give them something to which they can aspire
5) Test your activities
Now put all of these tasks and activities you’ve generated and look at them as if you were the different learners in your class. How do they hold up? What changes do you need to make?
6) Try it yourself
Try to do each practice activity and summative task by yourself.