Saturday, 27 August 2016 09:54

15 1/2 Ways to Personalize Learning

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  • In this engaging book, National Board Certified elementary school teacher Steve Reifman presents a variety of proven, user-friendly teaching strategies, ideas, and activities that simplify the challenge of personalizing student learning and enable educators to meet children’s diverse needs confidently, effectively, and joyfully.   

  • We are living in a time when the Common Core standards and standardized testing are exerting an enormous influence on America’s schools. To help children meet these common expectations and score well on these common assessments, it may appear that teachers need to treat students the same way and use common methods. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Increased standardization will not lead to better academic performance. In fact, the opposite is true. Greater personalization will help children perform their best academically, develop their unique strengths and talents, and maximize their amazing potential.
Children perform their best academically in an environment where teachers know them well, acknowledge them for the unique strengths and talents they possess, and encourage them to make meaningful choices about their learning. The ideas found in this book empower educators to create this type of environment. In addition, children will develop higher self-esteem, have more positive school experiences, and feel more connected to their schools and the people in them.

This teaching resource is divided into four sections.
Part 1 describes five ways classroom educators can personalize the approach students take to their work.
Part 2 focuses on three ways to personalize academic instruction, including Steve’s favorite method of integrating technology in the classroom. Part 3 features three (and a half) ways to personalize student goals.
Part 4 contains four ways to personalize each child’s classroom experience.
There is also a link that provides access to a free PDF with over 25 printable pages that make it easy to incorporate the book’s ideas in the classroom. 


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