I seem to have become an advocate for personalized learning, it wasn’t intentional, nor do I think I am good one for the cause. I believe in creating passionate learning environments where all students have a voice. So the more discussions I have the more I understand where the hesitance to personalized learning, or any seemingly new initiative that crops up, is stemming from. Because much like any great educational idea, this idea of personalized learning seems to have become twisted into something it is not.
I believe in personalizing learning for every child. That doesn’t mean a system, a plan that can be found in a book, or even mapped out for the world to replicate. They don’t teach the kids I teach so they have no way of knowing what they need. That is my job as a teacher to figure out by asking the students.
cross-posted at pernillesripp.com.
Pernille Ripp is the creator of Global Read Aloud Project, co-founder of EdCamp MadWI and the author of Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners and Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to OurStudents, She teaches seventh grade in Verona, Wisconsin, and blogs at http://pernillesripp.com. Follow her on Twitter @PernilleRipp.