Saturday, October 1, 2016

Personalized learning

Personalized learning, what is it really? Seems like a no-brainer to me. Students all learning at their own pace, asking questions as they go along. Why haven't I tried this before? My experiment is working so far. My students are watching videos and taking notes on them on their own. They are learning without much direct instruction. I mostly walk around and help individuals. If I see a lot of students making the same mistake, I will stop to address it at the front of the class, but this is after they've already watch the videos and have begun the assignment. Many of them can do it on their own without any help. This has been a revelation to me. I also provide some type of PowerPoint or online written notes in case they don't get it from the video. They're  so much more engaged, and their test scores are much better than last year. One on one chromebooks makes personalized learning possible. Even though we have had a lot of Internet problems, starting out day one with this model has trained the students to do things on their own, and to ask their peers for help before asking the teacher. I have students asking to tutor other students during the class. This has worked amazingly well. When I changed the seating, I grouped those students who work together well. I've seen the test scores of the recipient of the peer tutoring go way up. Peer tutoring works! I hesitate to say it but, I think it works better than teacher tutoring( but not in all cases). My collab.class that has 9 special Ed. Students had the highest class percentage ( of all my classes) on the last quiz. My teaching partner is on leave. I love that the student with the highest percentage in that class is a special Ed student! A call out to Allen With a 97%. My first period class comes in early and starts the assignment before the bell rings. They are like busy Bees! Yes I still have the usual late students in first period, but when they come in, they just get to work and the late students aren't failing either. I don't make a big deal out of it like I used to. I speak to them privately to see what is going on.Yes! I have really changed my teaching, and my concept of school ! This is how school should be.