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November 11, 2012

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”Personal learning framework” target=”_blank”>Personal learning framework</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Sam Boswell</a></strong> </div>

I have been following Twitter discussions regarding “personalised” learning with some unease; advocates render the process  mechanistic – a dress-fitting, perhaps, or a dental appointment. Sounds like the learner’s curiously remote from this transaction. In the interests of facilitating differentiation along with empowering students to make choices, and direct their own learning, I played a while with this framework courtesy of Matthew Bebbington whose teaching fame hales from Wilmslow High School in the UK.

I love the idea of a “whole school teaching & learning coordinator”; Matt’s blog post on Innovation Days also inspired. You can download his original document from Slideshare here.

What has been modified? First, I eliminated learning journey from the mix since it doesn’t suit our Aussie secondary context; primary settings are more likely to map students’ progress using this terminology and – to be honest – it has the dull horseshoe thunk of an outlived metaphor. I’ve done some tweaking with thinking skills, too, since we apply Habits of Mind and promote development of a growth mindset as championed by Carol Dweck.

Somehow my word document extended beyond the parameters of PowerPoint, so the slide above seems truncated; let me know if you’d like a copy of the Frankenstein-ed refit.

My modified version has been emailed to our Gifted & Talented team who will no doubt review specific learning area requirements, and add tweaks of their own.

Like Matt, I’m more than happy to share.

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