The first step to knowing how to teach your students best, is knowing how they learn best. You can complete several inventories for items such as:
Personality Colour (gold, green, blue, orange), Learning Style (auditory, visual, tactile), Myers Briggs, etc as well as learning preferences and interests and hobbies.
Help your students learn about themselves! This can also help them drive their own instruction and make good deicisions about their own learning.
This is a basic user profile that can be used with students or adults. This profile was used at the 2018 Sun West Triad Retreat.
"A fun learning resource that engages, informs, and guides students through higher education and career options."
Click "Take the test" in the bottom left corner to get started.
A short and quirky personality style test created by Adobe to showcase varieties of creativity.
The quiz will outline your creative strengths, untapped potential and your ideal way of contributing. For example "The Artist" has the strength of being able to bring ideas and concepts to life; but untapped is fearlessness in expression and this person make a good producer.
Types are the artist, thinker, adventurer, maker, producer, dreamer, innovator, and visionary. Each type includes a goofy animated character that represents the type, there is a description of each type, and who they work best with.
This would be a great addition to a learner profile, or to explore when examining creativity. We can all be creative - just in different ways. This is a great way to illustrate that and spark some rich discussion in your classroom!
The following is a Professional Development on Differentiated Instruction & Personalized Learning following the PeBL Philosophy.
The PowerPoint presentation is narrated. Please look in the bottom right of each slide for the speaker icon and click it to hear the narration. The presentation will take approximately an hour to an hour and a half to go through depending on if you take time to do the activities within or not. Please allow at least one hour to work through it.
The presentation covers: differentiation, personalization, content, process, product, REORDER, pyramid of growth, transfer of responsibility, and much more!
There is also a note-taking outline available to download and print below. It is suggested that you do this before working through the presentation.
Information for both the teacher and student that can be used to guide and develop instructional plans and sequencing which leads to personalized learning opportunities based on choices of path, pace, place and time .
One of the daily challenges of life is: “How do I get people—including myself—to do what I want?” The Four Tendencies framework makes this task much easier by revealing whether a person is an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel.
The Grit Scale was developed by Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
The Grit Scale is used to identify traits that might predict success.
The complete test and more information is available in Angela Duckworth's book: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance."
· Each student takes an item from the mystery bag
· Ask them to organize themselves into groups that they think fit together
· Then after a few minutes say there are 8 groups
· Set out 8 # cards with the title and see what groups you can make now
· Each person briefly describes why they choose that group & then results are graphed.
The Mindset Kit
Learn about adaptive learning mindsets and strategies that promote them with this free, online resource designed for educators and parents.
Quickly understand the prevalence and distribution of the various adaptive learning mindsets in your school or classroom with this surveying tool.
This information all comes from Perts from (www.perts.net). PERTS empowers educators to improve student outcomes by applying research-based practices.
This resource includes some information about fixed versus a growth mindset.
A video about growth mindset from Carol Dweck is included (about 10 minutes long).
If you keep scrolling down you will see the assessment in the yellow box.
This inventory could be included in a student's learner profile, or a springboard for discussion about mindset, and how to shift from fixed to growth.
This is an online inventory based on the work of Richard M. Felder and Linda K. Silverman. The quiz will determine preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global).
This site includes the inventory, explanations of each of the areas, FAQs, applications of the learning styles, interesting articles including one on "Understanding Student Differences", and the validity of learning styles is explored.
**Make sure you open the 4 page "Learning Styles and Strategies" link after you take the inventory. This includes insightful information on how you can use the results to help yourself!**
This excellent activity was used with our PeBL Mentors at Sun West. An explanation is included in the PowerPoint slides attached, and the other resources are provided as Word Documents.
The following is a collection of resources used at Eaton School that could provide templates and ideas for using Learner Profile with your class and school at all levels!
This is a learning styles quiz for our youngest students.
This can also be used with older students that need a modified version of other learning profiles for learning styles. It is heavily picture based.