Monday, December 14, 2015

Myths and Opportunities: 

Technology in the Classroom

We need to shift the control of learning to the students!

He has some great thoughts on feedback loops,
reflecting on learning, collaboration and research. 

The advanced Google searches 

every student should know 

This info is from Allan November.  He is an expert at making students more efficient users of the internet.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Are You a Learner or Are You a Lizard?

How can we help students be in a constant state of learning?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Into the Mind of a World Champion:
Erik Spoelstra on his secret - 
The Growth Mindset

“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint – The greats were great cause they paint a lot.”

Fostering and Maintaining a Growth Mindset

World Champion 
USA Women's Volleyball Coaches
talk about the team mindset

Friday, October 2, 2015

From Education Week:

Personalized Learning: A Working Definition

A group of philanthropies and school and technology advocacy groups, with contributions from educators, compiled a four-part "working definition" of the attributes of personalized learning. They also identified critical questions for K-12 officials to consider in implementing personalized learning.

Competency-Based Progression
Each student’s progress toward clearly-defined goals is continually assessed. A student advances and earns credit as soon as he/she demonstrates mastery.
Flexible Learning Environments
Student needs drive the design of the learning environment. All operational elements—staffing plans, space utilization and time allocation—respond and adapt to support students in achieving their goals.
Personal Learning Paths
All students are held to clear, high expectations, but each student follows a customized path that responds and adapts based on his/her individual learning progress, motivations, and goals.
Learner Profiles
Each student has an up-to-date record of his/her individual strengths, needs, motivations, and goals.
Ongoing Assessment
In what ways and how frequently should we assess each student’s level of mastery within the dimensions that we believe are essential for his/her success?
Operational Alignment
How might we deliver all of the learning experiences that our students need, with the resources we have available? What flexibility is in the design to enable us to respond and adapt to changing student needs?
Personalized Learning Plans
How can we ensure that each student has a learning plan that takes into account his/her strengths, changing needs, motivations, and goals?
Strengths & Needs
How do we capture each student’s current level of mastery within each of the dimensions that we believe are essential for his/her success (e.g. academic standards, skills)? How can we highlight students’ academic gaps to draw attention to their individual needs?
Individual Advancement
Can individual students pursue new learning experiences as soon as they have mastered the prerequisite content? How can students attain course credit based on mastery?
Staffing & Roles
In what ways might we structure teacher and other educator roles to support our instructional vision? What flexibility is needed to enable our staff to respond and adapt to changing student needs?
Varied Learning Experiences (Modalities)
What types of experiences (e.g. complex tasks, experiential learning) do students need to achieve their goals? What are the ideal methods for delivering (e.g. small group instruction, one-on-one tutoring, online learning) these experiences?
How might we support each student in understanding and articulating his/her interests and aspirations?
Time Allocation
In what ways might we maximize the time each student spends pursuing his/her goals? How might our student and staff schedules respond and adapt to changing student needs?
Student Ownership
In what ways might we enable students to develop and manage their own learning paths?
Information & Feedback
In what ways and how frequently might we provide timely, actionable information and feedback to students, teachers, and families?
Space Utilization
How can the design of the physical space support our instructional vision? Can we use spaces beyond our walls, and if so, how?
How might we support each student in setting personalized goals within each dimension that we believe is essential for his/her success? In what ways and how frequently might we ask students to reflect on their progress and adjust their goals accordingly?
Grouping & Connections
How should we group students to enable the varied learning experiences we hope to offer and modify to their changing needs? In what ways might we facilitate personal connections among students, and between students and adults?
Sources: Developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Afton Partners, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, CEE Trust, the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Charter School Growth Fund, EDUCAUSE, iNACOL, the Learning Accelerator, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Silicon Schools, and educators
Design & Visualization: Stacey Decker 

Coverage of personalized learning and systems leadership in Education Week and its special reports is supported in part by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Personalized Learning

History Day: 
Integrated Performance Assessment

I think this video explains a question 
we often hear!!!

Why is math Different Now?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Personalized Learning

Growth Mindset
Brains and talent are just the starting point.
With a growth mindset, you understand that perseverance
and hard work can develop your abilities.
 Teaching students to be resilient, accept challenges, and try again after a "failure" will help them to be successful in the future.

How Not to Talk to Kids from The New Yorker

The Praise a Child Should Never Hear from the Wall Street Journal

Mindset website

John Legend:  Success Through Effort
Personalized Learning

Bringing It All Together:
The Senior Capstone Project
Personalized Learning

Assessing Their Own Work: Students as Active Participants

Check out this video from Maine that
shows how teachers and schools are
personalizing learning!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Personalized Learning

Finding Your Way: The Learner-Centered Dashboard
When they talk about EDUCATE they are using the old name for the
EMPOWER software our teacher leaders are beginning to explore.

Check out this video from Maine that shows how teachers and schools are
personalizing learning!

Personalized Learning

Unpacking the Standards: A Teacher's Perspective

Check out this video from Maine that shows how teachers and schools are personalizing learning!

Personalized Learning

To a whole new level: Demonstrating Learning

Check out this video from Maine that shows how teachers and schools are personalizing learning!

Personalized Learning

At their own pace: Student Voice and Choice

Check out this video from Maine that shows how teachers and schools are personalizing learning!

This article from We Are Teachers provides some interesting ideas on quick formative assessments.  One example is

 9. Ask the Right Questions

Instead of asking “What are you doing?” ask, “What are you trying to learn?” That way, the answer “I’m doing a worksheet” or “I’m discussing the chapter” won’t cut it. Students need to know what they’re trying to learn and how they’re going to change, or they won’t recognize their learning when it happens.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I-LSD Personalized Learning Workshop 
for Administrators
Linda Laughlin
August 10, 2015

Growth mindset in a pigsty!

Linda's Powerpoint

Personalized Learning School Culture
  • Growth Mindset
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Evidence-Based Reflective Practice
  • Empowerment
  • Problem Solving
  • Invention Reasoning

Distinguish the strategies from the outcomes!!!

Things to ask students:
  • What are you learning?
  • How will you know you have learned it?
  • What will you learn next?
  • Authentic Leader:  Purpose
  • Visionary Leader:  Vision
  • Relational Leader:  Ownership
  • Quality Leader:  Capacity
  • Service Leader:  Support

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What do teachers do in the summer?  
They learn new things and new ways to 
teach all students!

Ms. Long, Dr. Kelley, Mr. Crowell, Ms. Manville and
Mr.Bennett work on a water filtration project!

Ms. Murphy, Ms. Day, Ms. Pettiti, and Ms. Mulcahy 
work on a water filtration project.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Below you will find some of the resources 
Linda Laughlin recommended during her workshop on August 3, 2015.

Carol Dweck, Author of Mindset

Taxonomy Instructional Guide

Components of Personalized Learning
Enabling Culture

  • Uncompromisingly Learned Focused
  • Investment
  • Results Driven
  • Growth Mindset
  • Empowerment
  • Collaboration
Design of the Curriculum Allows for:
  • Multiple Pathways
  • Combinations of Learning Opportunities 
  • Anytime, Anywhere Learning
  • Student Choice
Interesting Article

If students re-imagined school, 

this is what it could look like.

What if teachers were treated like 
the super stars they are?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Are you reading Inevitable? What do you think? Check out this web page from Competency Works.  It contains customized learning videos from the Maine DOE.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Looking for ideas for your classroom this fall?

Check out this article from Edutopia!

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Check out this article about Competency Based Education at Sanborn High School.  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Here is some interesting information about how poverty impacts students.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mistakes are inherent in life and they are only a problem if we fail to learn from them.  If we have a growth mindset we understand that mistakes by students in the classroom can be used to teach everyone.  By looking at mistakes in a positive way, we can give our students the tools they need to become resilient, strong learners.

It’s a Mistake Not to Use 

Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Developing a culture of collaboration will help you with technology integration in your classroom.  You can't do it all and working with the technology integrator allows you to focus on curriculum goals while trying new things in the classroom and an extra pair of hands never hurts.

Check out this article:

Creating a Culture of Collaboration 

Through Technology Integration

The Collaboration Cycle
Are you integrating technology in your classroom?  Do you know what tech integration should look like?  Check out this video from Edutopia!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Is Technology a Gimmick in Your Classroom

We are working hard to implement the 1:1 computing initiative in our district.  It certainly has had a couple glitches but it is amazing how well students and staff have adapted to make technology an integral part of learning.

Do you ever wonder if you are using technology well in your classroom?  Below is a link to an interesting article from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) about how to identify good tech learning in the classroom.

Is Technology a Gimmick in Your Classroom?

Monday, February 16, 2015

I think we have known this for a long time but here is a current study that supports our practice.

ISU study finds activity helps kids learn