New Classrooms Personalized Learning Instructional Model – Part 1
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New Classrooms Personalized Learning Instructional Model – Part 1

What do you picture
when you hear the word ‘school’? Is it this? Each day teachers work
to instruct classrooms filled with students, each with their own interest,
academic level and way they learn. Imagine trying to teach a class of
30 students how to add fractions. By the end of the lesson,
half the class might get it, half might not. So what should happen the next day? The teacher can reteach the lesson, leaving those who got it
bored, restless or disruptive. Or the teacher can teach a new lesson, letting the kids who didn’t get it
fall further and further behind until they are discouraged or frustrated. We need alternative methods. We need to give students
a more individualised curriculum and ensure that students get what they need,
when they need it, how they need it. If we are serious about trying
to meet the needs of every child, we need to view traditional teacher-led
class instruction as just one way kids learn. There are other options: students can also learn
in small groups from each other, or with videos, games,
or practice problems on their laptop, or with online instructors, or even
by themselves with books, activities or software. These are just a few ways
students can receive instruction. We call them modalities. By joining different modalities
into one learning environment where students, teachers and resources from multiple
classrooms can be combined into one open space, we move from a model that looks like this to a model that looks more like this where students get instruction
at their own academic level in the format most likely
to be successful for them. For example, this teacher
is helping a group with triangles, while this student is working
on algebra with his online tutor. This is just one model. New Classrooms is developing to reimagine
the classroom to meet the needs of every student.

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