What Is Personalized Learning?
Personalized Learning is an instructional strategy that tailors teaching and learning to Saint Paul Public School’s diverse student body. Through Personalized Learning:
SPPS Personalized Learning Essentials
Download this document to read the eight essential components of Personalized Learning (pdf) in Saint Paul Public Schools.
Examples of Personalized Learning
Danielle, an 11th grade student, has to do a poetry assignment. She looked up a spoken word talent show on YouTube and it inspired her to do her own. She then worked with her teacher to see how her idea could meet her learning benchmarks and standards. She wrote drafts of her own poems and submitted them via Moodle to her teacher, who provided timely feedback. Later, she recorded three classmates doing their own spoken words with the classroom iPad and analyzed the lyrics for a final paper.
Instead of learning about Ellis Island as part of a lesson on immigration, Lee, an 8th grade student, chose to research Hmong immigration patterns. Instead of taking a test, Lee demonstrated mastery of the subject by submitting a multimedia project. Shawn, another student in the class, researched the coming of the Ojibwe to Minnesota, and recorded an interview with an elder in the community about the nation's migration stories for the assignment.
Students in Mrs. McMahon’s fifth grade class work on math lessons using Khan Academy. Mrs. McMahon gave each student a checklist of lessons from the website that match up with the state standards for fifth grade. Each student watches a lesson that meets his/her needs, then takes an online assessment. Mrs. McMahon is able to view all students’ results and can see when students need more individualized help. Students are able to keep moving at a pace that is good for them, allowing students to move faster or slower as needed. Mrs. McMahon continually monitors student progress and meets with students to help guide their progress.