The Personalized Classroom

The Personalized Classroom
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What is Personalized Learning?
 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.
The Personalized Classroom
 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.
Blended Learning
 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.
Blended Learning
 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.
Blended Learning Example
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
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Station 2: Dante’s Inferno: “A Virtual Tour of Hell”:;
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
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
 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.
The Flipped Classroom
Flipped Math Lesson Example
Flipped Learning Resources:
Flipped Learning Network
Catlin Tucker’s Blog
Flipped Classroom
Tools for Flipping
 Educareations
Created & share videos with your iPad.
Free screen recorder, 15 min or less in length.
Free video maker, posts to youtube
Build an app for your classroom in 5 minutes (iOS & Android)
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Student Choice
 Meaningful Menus for Creating Choice in Your Classroom
Student Choice
Student Voice
 Simply put, student voice refers to how students give
their input as to what happens in the school and
 For example,
Deciding as a math class how to review concepts for a test
Discussing an approach to learning a particular standard
Incorporating peer coaching and collaborative learning
ELA students choosing what works of literature to read during the
Using polls and surveys
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