I know there is a lot of buzz about personalized learning these days. Lots of it comes at a cost where some service will assess your students and provide just-in-time learning. It is tempting to purchase one of those and feel comfortable that the curriculum is being covered at a pace that is right for each student. Although I do use many tools and apps, that's really not what personalized learning looks like in my 1:1 language arts classroom.
So, what does it look like?
I don't think I can answer that question in a short post. However, I believe that a little tour through my email inbox may provide a glimpse. It hit me last night when I opened my school email.
Literacy= communication, and I do use email as one tool for communicating with my students.
We read. We write. We edit. We discuss. We think. We reflect. We create. Why would this look identical in a group of unique individuals?
What follows represents a sample from my current inbox. These are waiting for my reply, feedback or next steps. I have not chosen anything on purpose. I'm just sharing the process. This represents the ongoing learning conversation between my students and me.
|A 5th grader emails to tell me what salary he would like for the documentarian job. He also suggests two new jobs.|
|A 5th grader shares his updated narrative writing with me. Below is a short snippet of an 8 page story|
|Another 5th grade narrative|
|a 4th grader shares a link to the book quiz he wrote on Goodreads|
|A 4th grader wrote an epilogue to Wonderstruck using Book Creator|
This conversation and creation, this journey, is why I love my 1:1 iPad classroom.