Teachers Define Personalized Learning!
The Badass Teachers Association
As we have seen over the last few years the corporate reform industry has hijacked the term "personalized learning" from education. Corporate Reform Industrialists will sell off their version of personalized learning as fancy computer games that are fun for kids, or learning that is tailored to your child. What they don't share is that this is the way your child will spend their day.....
To be clear, this is certainly NOT the way that teachers, parents, and students visualize "personalized learning." Teachers on the Facebook page The Badass Teachers Association were asked how they would define personalized learning. Here is what they said:
Personalized learning is about students choosing the topic of study, based on their individual interest, rather than the entire class studying the exact same subject.
Personalized learning comes from the heart of the teacher to the heart of the student ...it is filled with wonderment... human to human ...relationship of connecting to a student in way that you provide them with whatever it is they need to unlock their potential.. this usually starts with with getting them to believe in themselves... no technology can do that but a highly trained teacher a human being; no technology opens a child's mind! technology can help take kids on journey to other places virtually but technology does not provide that human touch the OMG you did it! High Five! Those are the moments true educators live for..
It means conversations. Today I pointed out a student's strengths after he didn't listen. I explained how he will mature even more next year and people will think of him as responsible when he does listen. He really listened and smiled a lot. It was a great conversation. They are children. They are not robots.
It means you have KNOWLEDGE, personal knowledge, of who that individual is......not aBadass Teachers Association: