Every year we have one major event with the "CoLABorate group" here in south Florida. Edu1st Preschools are part of this group of schools that share a passion for learning and building cultures of thinking. Together we join efforts and manage to have access to world renowned educational leaders as Dr. David Perkins, Dr. Ron Ritchhart, Dr. Shaffer among others that have lead workshops at our annual meetings.
This year, Bena Kallick joined ColLABorate for a workshop on Personalized Learning! Her new book, Students at the Center., was the focus of her work with ColLABorate South Florida. Together, we explored personalization across all levels from early childhood to upper school.
Synopsis: Educators' most important work is to help students develop the intellectual and social strength of character necessary to live well in the world. The way to do this is to increase the say students have in their own learning and prepare them to navigate complexities they face both inside and beyond school. This means rethinking traditional teacher and student roles and re-examining goal setting, lesson planning, assessment, and feedback practices. It means establishing classrooms that prioritize
- Voice: Involving students in "the what" and "the how" of learning and equipping them to be stewards of their own education.
- Co-creation: Guiding students to identify the challenges and concepts they want to explore and outline the actions they will take.
- Social construction: Having students work with others to theorize, pursue common goals, build products, and generate performances.
- Self-discovery: Teaching students to reflect on their own developing skills and knowledge so that they will acquire new understandings of themselves and how they learn.
Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind.
Thank you ColLABorate Florida for this amazing event!!