I attended John T. Spencer‘s session entitled, Customized Learning, at the Reform Symposium on the weekend. It is quite amazing how inspiring a person can be in 30 minutes! But, he was, just that, inspiring.
He talked about “empowering the students to take ownership over their own learning.” I discussed his session in a previous blog post.
John made Personalized Learning sound so easy – that’s what made him so inspiring, I think.
Then I heard @mrsbiology (Terie Engelbrecht). She talked about Differentiating Instruction for Today’s Learners. She was fabulous and so generous! I got a ton of ideas from her as well. She has a fabulous blog: Crazyteacherlady.com that includes a ton of resources for all teachers. Take a look.
But, I am now at a bit of a standstill as I’m trying to prepare for the two new classes I will be teaching …
How to get started?
Does it have to be either Personalized Learning or Differentiated Instruction?
Can it be a mix of each?
Is Personalized Learning even possible or realistic only being with the students for 100 minutes each week – 2 – 50minute blocks?
Is this possible to do in isolation – not knowing the classroom teacher’s teaching/learning approach.
Where to from here?