We wish to personalize learning for our students, with the goal of growing self-directed learners. While the use of technology is not the core of La Escuelita’s vision of personalization, a few key programs help us give our students time to put themselves in their own zones of proximal development. And, while excellent direct instruction is central piece to our program, our students also have opportunities to construct their own knowledge through play, dance, Making, and outdoor learning.
The Rogers Foundation, through NGLC in Oakland, has funded key elements of our personalized learning vision: 1. Software Integration 2. Making and Innovating 3. Dance 4. Outdoor Education. and 5. Materials for Play.
They have funded:
The Chromebooks we use wisely.
The software we choose carefully. (and limit to the best of the best)
The binders students use for goal setting.
The materials and equipment that enhance Making and Innovation.
Dance instruction through Luna Dance.
Buses that get our kids into nature.
Materials for play.
What is personalized learning? What do we want it to look like at La Escuelita? Where do we begin? How can we support each other? How do kids learn how to drive their own learning? What about our youngest learners? How do we give students greater choice and voice?
These are the questions that teachers at La Escuelita are asking?
Here’s a definition of personalized learning from New Learning Models by Natalie Abel.
“Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”
Click to download: LaEscuelita’s Personalized Learning Library. (These are books that La Escuelita’s teachers can borrow.)