Personal Learning Plan

Darryl Bachmeier
Jun 28, 2020

PLP or a Personal Learning Plan — usually in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and parents — as a way to help achieve short- and long-term learning goals, generally at the middle and high school levels. Personal learning programs generally make the students more motivated to learn, achieve more in school.

A learning plan is an explanation of how you want to achieve the desired results in learning. This program will be very helpful to show clarity and progress in your learning. It can also ensure that your activities and learning activities are highly efficient and orderly.

How the Personal Learning Plan Works?

No two schools that use personalized learning are alike. However, here are four widely used models that the schools follow. Also, each of these models sets high expectations for all students and combines their learning with rigorous standards.

Schools that use learner profiles

This type of school has an updated record that provides an in-depth understanding of each student’s personal strengths, needs, motivations, progress and goals. These profiles will be updated more often than the standard report card. These comprehensive updates enable teachers to make decisions that positively affect students’ learning.

A learning profile helps students track their own progress. It provides a way for teachers, students and many schools to know whether parents need to change a learning pattern or make changes in goals before the student goes bad or fails.

Schools that use personalized learning pathways

This type of school allows each student to customize the learning path that they respond to or modify based on their progress, motivations and goals. For example, a school may create a schedule based on weekly updates on a student’s academic progress and interests.

Each student’s schedule is unique. But it can involve many learning methods. (These are often called “methods.”) The combination includes project-based learning with a small group, independent work on certain skills or complex tasks, and training with each other as a teacher.

The personalized learning plan allows a student to use different skills at different speeds. But that does not mean that the school is far behind him in any area. Teachers carefully monitor each student and provide additional support as needed.

Schools that use skill-based improvement

This type of school constantly evaluates to monitor their progress towards specific goals. In addition, this system makes it clear to students what they need to master. These skills include mindsets such as developing specific skills, knowledge and regression.

Students are given options on how and when to prove their proficiency. For example, a teacher may work with a teacher to weave some math skills into a retail store internship.

The student may work on several skills simultaneously. When he is the master, he goes to the next. The student receives the support or services he or she needs to master the skills. There is no emphasis on taking a test and passing or failing. Instead, it is about multiple opportunities for continuous learning and display of knowledge.

Schools that use a flexible learning environment

This type of school adapts to the environment in which students learn based on how well they learn. This includes things like the physical structure of the classroom, how the school day is structured and how teachers are assigned.

For example, schools may look for ways to give teachers more time for small group instruction. It is not easy to redesign the way teachers use the space, time and resources in the classroom. However, this type of “design thinking” can help students adapt to the learning environment.

Steps to Building Your Personal Learning Plan

Develop your learning vision

Take the first step: Think about yourself to define what you want to know. You should also think about where you want to be in the future and what you want to achieve. Write down everything that is important to you, including your feelings and what makes you happy.

This will help you define what you need to learn to get to where you want to be. We call it your “learning vision”. Here are the do’s and don’ts when creating your vision:

Create your learning map

Once you have established a vision of where you want to go, it is time to start researching how to get there. Read the people who live in your learning vision so you can create your own map.

Creating your map is easy

Establish the “decision” in your mind to achieve your learning vision. If you have trouble doing this, close your eyes for a minute and imagine yourself in that new life. It could be a beach, teaching a class, guiding someone, really anything.

Find a person who represents the type of person you want to be - or more: It could be someone you really admire or a combination of qualities you consider to be the best. Do some research on how they got to where they are?

Once you know the end and the beginning, find the important milestones in between.

Set measurable goals

“Measured is managed.” -Peter Trucker To ensure that you are fulfilling your vision, you need to create measurable goals. Here’s how: Be specific, yet simple – It is enough for a child to read and understand the goals. Make sure they are scalable - with realistic measurements. Make them time-specific - so you have a deadline to meet. Keep them easy - you and others can see it somewhere.

Discover your resources

The resources can come in formats such as books, videos, podcasts, people, webinars and more. Before deciding which resources you will use, answer these questions:

Which learning style is best for you? Who can help in your community or network? What kind of resources can help you accomplish your project?

Learn as your life depends on it

To accomplish your goals, you need to set aside time to learn. Most of us say at least or very busy. There is always time to learn:

Stay on top of your learning plan

Monitoring and reflecting on what you have learned is one of the most powerful parts of your personalized learning experience.

Wrapping it up

If you do not know how to do this, try Degree, a learning management system. Centre staff use the Degree to monitor their learning and acquire new skills. In this way, we know how far we have come and how much learning we have to accomplish our goals.

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