In this post, Kathleen McClaskey, author of Make Learning Personal website, explains how teachers can use the student’s Learner Profile and Personal Learning Backpack to develop goals an effective Personal Learning Plan (PLP), so each learner can develop agency and gain personal experiences to make decisions for college and career and to be future-ready.
The purpose of a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is to assist learners to develop goals with a set of action steps to achieve those goals, ways to monitor their own progress, show evidence in reaching the goal and a reflection on achieving it. The PLP has four specific focuses:
- Learning Goals (Access, Engage, and Express) to develop independent skills to support their own learning;
- Personal Goals to explore their interests, talents, or passions;
- College and Career Goals to gain first-hand experiences in career areas where they have strong interests; and
- Citizenship Goals to become an active citizen in the local or global community.