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Personal Competencies/Personalized Learning: Lesson Plan Reflection Guide

Author(s)Janet Twyman and Sam Redding
Publication dateFebruary 2015
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In 2014, state teams in the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) on Supports & Interventions were asked to identify topics they would like to see further developed. High on the list of priority topics selected by the Supports & Interventions SCASS was the practical application of personalized learning concepts by teachers. This publication and its companion, "Personal Competencies / Personalized Learning: Reflection on Instruction," were created in response to that request.

According to the Center on Innovations in Learning at Temple University, "Personalization refers to a teacher's relationships with students and their families and the use of multiple instructional modes to scaffold each student's learning and enhance the student's personal competencies. Personalized learning varies the time, place, and pace of learning for each student, enlists the student in the creation of learning pathways, and utilizes technology to manage and document the learning process and access rich sources of information."

Personal competencies underlie all learning and, as described by Redding (2014), are "an ever-evolving accumulation of related capabilities that facilitate learning and other forms of goal attainment." Redding identifies four main competency areas:

  • Cognitive Competency-prior learning that organizes the mind and provides associations and understanding to facilitate new learning
    • Metacognitive Competency-self-regulation of learning and use of learning strategies
    • Motivational Competency-engagement and persistence in pursuit of learning goals
    • Social/Emotional Competency-sense of self-worth, regard for others, and emotional understanding and management to set positive goals and make responsible decisions

Personalized learning requires a huge investment in the teacher's instructional planning, as does the support of personalcompetencies. As lesson plans are critical to good instruction, it is important to know how they support, activate, foster, or strengthen student personal competencies and personalized learning. This "Lesson Plan Reflection Guide" providesa framework to help educators consider how well their lesson plans support personal competencies and personalizedlearning. It may serve both as a rubric for evaluating how well a lesson plan personalizes and addresses personal competency, as well as a guide for strengthening lessons to foster personalization and enhance personal competencies.

Contact:Kirsten Taylor Carrkirsten.carr@ccsso.org