Rethinking Learning
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Barbara Bray
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ILPs began with Scope and Sequence

By Barbara Bray      November 18, 2009 -- 02:24 PM
Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) help learners define their learning goals and the action steps needed to meet those goals. An ILP can be set up for one or more goals with evidence of where the individual is currently and where they plan to be by a specific date toward meeting those goals. Individuals can create multiple ILPs for different goals. If the individual is part of an online coaching program, their eCoach or online mentor/coach can monitor their progress as they meet their goals with ongoing feedback. The reason why I found ILPs to be helpful was how they personalized the learning ...   more...
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Rigorous or difficult?

By Barbara Bray      October 2, 2008 -- 04:24 PM
I have been reviewing online and face-to-face courses to determine effectiveness. One thing I did notice is the amount of busywork and difficult assignments in both cases that really didnít meet the objectivess.

Let's rethink how we deliver our curriculum so we donít just give work to make sure our students are doing something. A difficult course may be one that provides endless activities that may or may not be relevant because the instructor wants to make sure they touch on multiple products or ideas.

Is this because the instructor wants ...   more...
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What does assessment look like to you?

By Barbara Bray      April 12, 2008 -- 07:07 AM
Just read Accountability, Yes. Teaching to the Test, No by Patricia Deubel and have some thoughts. Deubel wrote that before NCLB, many teachers closed their doors and taught what they wanted. There was little accountability on what was taught. However, with NCLB, the pendulum swung way to teach what is taught on the test. She also mentioned teaching to the state standards.

Since I work in multiple states and have most of the standards, I see many inconsistencies between states where some are more rigorous. All have too many standards that touch on content that may or may not be relevant. Historical ...   more...
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