1.2 The Definition of a PLP

What is a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP)?

Ultimately, a PLP is a tool. It can help us get to know our students better and teach us how to support each student’s learning.

PLPs can also be:

  • A creative way for students to show their identities, hopes, and interests
  • A portfolio documenting students’ learning journeys.
  • Demonstrations of growth and achievement, both in and out of school.
  • Multimedia representations of learning.
  • Personally meaningful and fulfilling for students.
  • Jam packed with reflection and self-assessment.
  • Collaboratively developed by students, families, educators, and community partners.

Food for thought

Check out how students are leading the way in PLP design.

And now consider these resources that can help you implement PLPs in your own setting!

Now tell us

  • How do you define a PLP?
  • What do you believe the purpose of a PLP is?
  • How might it help you know your students?
  • How might it help you know your students?

We’d like to hear from you! What are your definitions? Take a minute to add your answers or links to this Padlet.

Let’s go:

Next up: how the three pillars and PLPs demand that we investigate new student and teacher roles.



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