The words we use matter:

The words we use,

thinkingDRIVE OUR thinking.

it’s what we see,

and thus, what we create!

 

Students

Industrial Age WORD

student

Learners

MCL VISION WORD

Teachers

Industrial Age WORD

Teachers

Learning
Facilitators/
Coaches

MCL Vision WORDS

Principals

Industrial Age WORD

Learner

Leaders

MCL Vision WORD

Curriculum

Industrial Age WORD

curriculum

Learner Outcomes

MCL VISION WORDS

Courses

Industrial Age WORD

courses

Learning Opportunities

MCL Vision WORDS

Instruction

Industrial Age WORD

Instruction

Facilitating Learning

MCL Vision WORDS

Grades

Industrial Age WORD

Grades

Feedback

MCL VISION WORD

Report Cards

Industrial Age WORDS

Report Cards

Learner Portfolios

MCL Vision WORDS

Grade Levels

Industrial Age WORDS

Grade Levels

Learning Management System

MCL VISION WORDS

Schools

Industrial Age WORD

Schools<br />

Learning Centers

MCL Vision WORDS

Districts

Industrial Age WORD

Districts

Learning Communities

MCL VISION WORDS

Graduates

Industrial Age WORD

Graduates

Lifelong Learners

MCL VISION WORDS

Industrial Age WORDS VS. Mass Customized Learning VISION WORDS


Words have power. When you hear or read a word or label, your mind creates a picture and that picture makes a statement. The words and the image they create are illustrated below. So we need to think before we choose the word that will create the vision we hope to communicate.

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Students


Students sitting in rows listening to a teacher.


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Learners


Learners heavily engaged and excited about their learning.


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Teachers


Dispensers of information and knowledge.


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Learning Facilitators/Coaches


Adult professionals helping learners to set personal learning goals and coaching them to become self-directed learners.


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Principal


The adult who manages the school and makes sure that everything is running right.


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Leader


The person who has articulated a vision of what the learning center will look like, feel like, and be like when operating at its ideal best and is “going for it!”


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Curriculum


The subject matter that will be covered/taught to all learners.


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Learner Outcomes


A clear description of what the learners will know, be able to do, and/or “be like” when they have mastered an intended learning goal.


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Courses


The semester or yearly subjects/classes that are taken by students that become part of their transcript and qualify them for graduation.


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Learning Opportunities


Any experience, chosen by the learner or by his/her learning coach, that helps the learner master an intended learning outcome.


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Instruction


How the teacher has determined to provide information to the students so that they can pass tests on the topic; that is, “How is the best way to teach this?”


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Facilitating Learning


Learning facilitators and learners jointly determining, “How is this “learner outcome” best learned?”


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Grades


The “A through F” indicators that show how close a student
has come to passing a teacher-designed test.


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Feedback


A learning facilitator, personally discussing a learner’s work with the learner, and then sharing his/her reaction and possibilities for improvement.


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School


The building where students go to take classes and where basketball games are played.


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Learning Center


The place where learners go to meet with their learning facilitators and/or their learning coaches. Learning centers include the community at large depending upon location of the learning opportunity.


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District


The boundaries and facilities consistent with the legal definition of a “school district.”


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Learning Community


An unwritten agreement between learners, learning professionals, parents, and the business community resulting in the understanding that the community and the learning community are one and the same.



Graduates


Those students who have passed all courses required by the state and the school board, and have received a signed diploma indicating their graduation status.


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Lifelong Learners


Those learners who have met all graduation requirements and have clearly demonstrated their desire and capacity to be a self-directed, lifelong learner.