Our Kids Deserve Personalized Learning. Here's Why.

Our Kids Deserve Personalized Learning. Here's Why.
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Amy Schumacher

3rd Grade Teacher, Neenah Joint School District

Our Kids Deserve Personalized Learning. Here's Why.

Posted in Community | June 19, 2017

How many of us have experienced sitting in a class in which no matter how many times the instructor explained a concept, we just couldn’t understand it?  Then, as the class moved along, we fell further behind, and our frustration mounted.

Learn how Amy personalized learning (and how you can too) by attending her Schoology NEXT session.
 

Along those lines, how many of us have experienced the opposite? We grew restless when we understood new learning before our classmates did and became frustrated as the pace slowed to meet their needs.

As educators and parents know, children who are the same age do not necessarily learn in the same way and at the same pace. Each child has different learning needs at different times. Our students bring varying experiences and prior knowledge into each learning concept, which in turn impacts how they will learn a concept.  

Elementary school should not be a place where our students are frustrated or bored; rather, it should be a place where they are engaged and excited to learn.  We need to tailor learning for every student’s distinct learning needs so each child can succeed.

Studies show the power of this kind of learning for maximizing student success.  In my experience, students are thrilled to turn on their ipads in the morning to open their personalized learning plan that documents their goals and learning objectives for the day.  

As an educator who seeks innovation, I am constantly searching for ways to provide more meaningful instruction for my classroom of twenty-four third grade students.   In looking to increase engagement and improve student outcomes, I turned to personalized learning as a strategy for instruction that will provide the best opportunity for each student to meet their fullest potential.  

Personalized learning is not the vision, but it is a methodology to achieve the vision.  With administrative support and an amazing learning management system, Schoology, I was able to take my vision and make it a reality.  Schoology provides the ultimate platform for making data-driven decisions and targeting instruction with integrated digital content.

As a disclaimer, I tend to be an educator who promotes that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner.  I implement modern ways of teaching and learning as long as the focus is on what is best for the students. Being the only educator in my building who chose to pioneer this kind of learning, I was on my own in the design and implementation of personalized learning.

The process wasn’t easy, and creation of videos and exits slips did not happen in a day. Furthermore, the extra time that I spend grading videos is significant, but it’s all worth it.  

So, why do I do this?  Personalized learning is learner led. It empowers students to take ownership of their education, adjusting dynamically to their skills, curiosity, and goals.  Isn’t that what our students deserve?

If you are looking for ways to engage students individually, or if you want to shift the way teaching and learning looks in your elementary classroom, please join me at Schoology Next on July 24th for How to Engage and Inspire Young Students Through Personalized Learning session. Our kids deserve it!

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About Amy Schumacher's Schoology NEXT Session
 

How to Engage and Inspire Young Students Through Personalized Learning

Looking for creative strategies to encourage and empower students to take responsibility for their own learning? Come and learn how a third grade teacher’s blended learning classroom environment has grown the knowledge, independence, and confidence of her elementary students. Participants will receive a step-by-step guide on how to personalize instruction for individuals so they can reach their fullest potential using Schoology. 

Attendees will:

  • Learn how Schoology plays a central role in supporting self paced, blended learning, and 21st century pedagogy. 
  • Collaborate with others to build similar experiences for their learning communities. 
  • Develop strategies for connecting with families. 
  • Learn tips for using Schoology in small group, large group, or collaborative group instruction.

 

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