How to use this Educator’s Guide

With or without the book

Our new book, Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades: A Guide for Classroom Teachers and School Leaders, draws on 10 years of case studies from Vermont schools and educators. And we’ve crafted an Educator’s Guide intended to present a deeper dive into their work and challenge you to think more deeply about the topics presented in each chapter.

Each page follows a very similar format:

  • First, we define the topic under discussion.
  • Next, we provide a Vermont school-based case study in text and video format.
  • Then, we ask you to consider a few questions related to the topic.
  • And finally, we’ve provided an interactive tech tool challenge for you to take action on your learning. Sometimes it’s a quiz, sometimes a padlet, or we’ll ask you to contribute your thoughts to the larger twitter PLN. We want you to practice making your learning visible and actionable.

These are great activities for the solo practitioner, reading along with our book. They’re also designed for use with teaching or leadership teams, to work through the material and really digest how it could apply to teaching practices around the nation.

If you have any questions on this guide, please let us know. And if you enjoyed the book, we’d love a review on Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller.

Let’s get started with Ch 1: Defining Personalized Learning.

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