The Personalized Classroom. GAETC Nov. 6 th , 2013 Rachel Hanson and Erin Zitka Content Specialists, Forsyth County Schools. What is Personalized Learning?.
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The Personalized Classroom
GAETC Nov. 6th, 2013
Rachel Hanson and Erin Zitka
Content Specialists, Forsyth County Schools
Personalized learning begins with the learner and means that students' needs and preferences drive their learning. Transforming a classroom into a personalized learning environment means including student voice and student choice.
Creating a personalized classroom does not happen overnight. Teachers need to be able to take small steps. In this course, we present four ways to help them do that: Blended Learning, Flipped Classroom, Student Choice, and Student Voice.
A rotational model is one way to incorporate blended learning in your classroom. Students rotate through stations in small groups.
The teacher decides how long the students will spend at each activity. Each station will focus on a different learning modality.
One of the stations needs to include online learning.
Other stations may include activities such as direct instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments.
In this example, the class is studying Dante's Inferno. In order to enrich the students' experience with this work of literature, the teacher offers opportunities to connect with it in many different ways.
Station 1: Students listen to a recording of a portion of Dante’s Inferno: Recording (No Product)
Station 2: Dante’s Inferno: “A Virtual Tour of Hell”: http://foxtwin.com/inferno/; Students embark upon a tour of Dante's Hell, from Dante's mysterious awakening in the Dark Wood of Error down, down through nine levels until they reach the Cocytus where Satan himself resides, encased in ice forever. (No Product)
Station 3: Students read a New York Times review and a Telegraph review of the video game Dante’s Inferno. Students compare and contrast the two reviews. This activity can be in written or discussion form. (Product could be post/reply on a discussion forum, writing a compare/contrast essay, or creating a venn diagram).
Station 4: Teacher-Led Group: Close read of a passage of Dante’s Inferno (Product - Annotations)
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The Flipped Classroom IS:
A means to INCREASE interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers.
An environment where students take responsibility for their own learning.
A classroom where the teacher is not the "sage on the stage", but the "guide on the side".
A blending of direct instruction with constructivist learning.
A classroom where students who are absent due to illness or extra-curricular activities such as athletics or field-trips, don't get left behind.
A class where content is permanently archived for review or remediation.
A class where all students are engaged in their learning.
A place where all students can get a personalized education.
The Flipped Classroom is NOT:
A synonym for online videos. When most people hear about the flipped class all they think about are the videos. It is the interaction and the meaningful learning activities that occur during the face-to-face time that is most important.
About replacing teachers with videos.
An online course.
Students working without structure.
Students spending the entire class staring at a computer screen.
Students working in isolation.
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