personalized learning

We Need to Humanize Education More Than We Need to Personalize Learning

Over the last ten years, my privilege has allowed me to participate in a number of educational arenas. I’ve co-founded both a charter school and an education technology company, and I provide consulting and coaching support to schools and leaders related to personalized learning.

‘Homeschooling with Jetpacks’: Inside a First-of-Its-Kind Co-Learning Community

BETHEL, Conn. — Henry was not thriving in his public elementary school. His grades were high, but apart from that, little else seemed to be going right for him. “He wasn’t excelling, and everybody knew it,” his mother, Margaret Genden, explains. “And there were behavioral problems because of it. He wasn't acting out, but he didn't fit in.” When Henry was in third and fourth grade, he would come home from school anxious, unhappy and complaining of migraines. His mother, growing increasingly concerned, felt it was time for a change.

How a Fourth-Grader Turned Me Into a Book Detective

In almost every way, it was an ordinary day in the library. Fourth graders chatted as they milled about, making book selections and needing the occasional reminder that library is not the same as recess. In hindsight, though, it was a day when magic sparked. That was the day I had my first conversation with Jane.

Text Choice Helped Boost This District’s Literacy Success—and Empower Students

Amalia Lopez became a high school English teacher because she thinks functional English is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone trying to navigate life in the United States. So it may have been fate that she landed a job in the low-income, heavily immigrant California Central Valley community of Lindsay in 2009.

How to Make District-Wide Innovation Personal—and Collaborative

In some corners of education, personalization is no longer just a buzzword. It’s a bad word.There are many reasons, including a lack of clarity around definitions, a lack of efficacy—because of confusion around the term—and, at some schools, a lack of rigor.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. You’re focused not only on test preparation, but also on each student’s specific needs. That might mean juggling students who have test anxiety while supporting others who have varying levels of understanding and comprehension—all while fielding questions from parents and administrators. Phew!

Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

“Can we set the story in Minecraft?”We had been working for several weeks on a storytelling unit in my ESL classes in 2012. We had read and analysed short stories, examined the grammar of narrative tenses, looked into setting, character descriptions and developing plots. It was time to create our own stories.Yet, one group was struggling for ideas. I needed to intervene. I suggested taking inspiration from a story they knew. What films had they watched recently? Were there any popular TV shows to use as a starting point?“Or video games,” one student suggested.

It’s Time Teachers Reclaimed ‘Personalized Learning’ in the Name of Equity

Many believe that for learning to be personal, it must be individualized. But over-individualization can be isolating when we over-rely on digital programs that individualize curriculum and unintentionally track learners. What’s more, it strips students of their agency and autonomy and strips learning of curiosity and serendipity.

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Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism

I find it baffling that in 2019 I still have to explain why it’s important to play with students, especially when Fortune 500 companies are gamifying their workplace and their customer outreach, profitable gamer-culture on YouTube is on the rise and colleges have eSports teams.

Want Students to Remember What They Learn? Have Them Teach It.

Picture this: It’s Monday and Ms. D’Angelo, a seventh-grade science teacher in the South Bronx, gives her students a homework assignment about food chains that is due in one week. The assignment asks students to teach a family member about this concept by completing a model food chain together.

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