This year at Sandy Run Middle School we have cohorts of teachers working with their students to develop best practices with personalized learning, developing a culture of student empowerment and commitment.
At the heart of personalized learning is student agency. Personalized Learning challenges the premise that all learners are able to learn the same thing, the same way, on the same day. Learning is most effective when students are co-designers of the learning, partnering with their teacher to define purpose, make connections, establish context, and develop learning activities.
Personalized Learning includes:
An approach to learning and instruction that is designed around individual learner readiness, strengths, needs, and interests.
Learners as active participants in setting goals, planning learning paths, tracking progress, and determining how learning will be demonstrated.
An understanding that at any given time, learning objectives, content, methods, and pacing are likely to vary from learner to learner as they pursue proficiency aligned to established standards.
An understanding that personalization moves beyond both differentiation and individualization.
This video captures some of our grade eight teacher and student reflections on the process and practice (future posts will highlight the personalized learning work of 6th and 7th grade teams).