Tools and Resources
This episode of the LEAP Innovations podcast introduces us to Steve McWade, fifth grade teacher at Joseph Lovett Elementary on Chicago’s West Side, and his former student, eighth grader Taurean. Steve and Taurean chat about the impact Mr. McWade and personalized learning has had not only on Taurean's learning inside school, but also, his learning outside of school.
34 Kids, 34 Ways
Throughout eighteen years of teaching, Steve McWade has always seen trust and human connection as the foundation of powerful learning experiences. In this way, personalized learning didn’t introduce Steve to something new but instead just made him better, as Steve puts it, at what he was already doing. Working with LEAP, he developed structured ways for staying in touch with his students, and honed tangible tools and practices for meeting each and every one of his students where they are.
Mr. McWade's classroom at Joseph Lovett Elementary School is a Learner Demonstrated and Learner Led haven for students, featuring expert student charts, personalized learning trackers, student collaboration zones, a growth box and more. Take a tour through Mr. McWade's classroom to discover how he designed his classroom to align with the LEAP Learning Framework and why.
La transformación de toda la escuela
Cuando Stacy Stewart asumió el cargo de directora hace ocho años, la Primaria Belmont-Cragin no estaba en gran forma. Siendo una escuela de Nivel 3, los estudiantes y el personal no creían que podían ser mejores, y la comunidad alrededor de Belmont-Cragin no tenía ningún papel en el ambiente de aprendizaje ni estaba interesada en sus resultados.
When Stacy Stewart took over as principal eight years ago, Belmont-Cragin Elementary was not in great shape. A Level 3 school, the students and staff did not believe they could be better, and the surrounding Belmont-Cragin community had no role in the learning environment or stake in its outcomes.
Ms. Jimenez's classroom at Belmont-Cragin Elementary School is a Learner Led and Learner Demonstrated haven for students, featuring flexible seating collaborative zones, small group table, student data wall, daily schedule display and more. Take a tour through Ms. Jimenez's classroom to discover how she designed her classroom to align with the LEAP Learning Framework and why.
Literacy Organization and Accountability Menu (English and Spanish)
At Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, students use literacy organization and accountability menus to self-evaluate and create their own schedule. Teachers then use these sheets to conference with the student after the student has completed their self-evaluation.
Math Menu (Spanish)
At Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, students receive this weekly menu to organize their schedule for the week, set weekly goals and track their technology platform use and progress.
Math Organization and Accountability Sheet (English)
At Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, students receive this sheet to organize their schedule for the week, set weekly goals and track their technology platform use and progress.
Student-led Conferences Peer Evaluation Worksheet (English and Spanish)
At Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, students practice their student-led parent/teacher conferences with their peers and receive feedback using this peer evaluation tool.
Student Choice During Literacy Rotations
Patrick Henry Elementary has been focused on Learner Led instruction to personalize learning for students. Learner Led instruction encourages learners to have meaningful input and choice in their learning, and it goes beyond differentiated instruction to truly transform the learning experience.
Goal Setting in Student Conferences
Lovett Elementary has been focused on Learner-Led instruction to personalize learning for students. Learner-Led instruction encourages learners to have meaningful input and choice in their learning experiences, and it goes beyond differentiated instruction to truly transform the learning experience.
Daily Sharing to Inform Learning
Wendell Smith Elementary has been implementing Learner Focused instruction to personalize learning for students. Learner Focused instruction emphasizes a child’s strengths, needs, and interests to effectively tailor learning experiences for each student.
Developing Student Agency
Learner Led instruction empowers learners with meaningful ways to make choices about their learning experiences, transforming the traditional learning environment to one driven by the student.
Entrance Tickets to Drive Learning Plans
Students take an entrance ticket when they enter the class, grade it together, and each student then determines what type of learning they need to do that day - seminar for small-group instruction with the teacher or workshop for individual or partner work in applying the skill. Students are empowered to declare what they do and do not know and readily advocate for their needs, whether that includes enrichment or additional instruction.
Flex Fridays feature interactive projects and activities around content that may not fit into the planned curriculum but are based on topics of interest for students. Many Flex Friday activities are created, planned and taught by the students themselves.