I was on the California EdChat (#caedchat) this evening and was reminded of the importance of blogging to reflect and analyze my practice. I took a few weeks off because I'm still learning how to budget time and manage being a full time working mom of 2 boys (a 3 year old and 3 month old). It's hard and exhausting, but here we go! This week begins my first official week of personalized learning. I am extremely excited and anxious about how this will play out with the students. I have so many ideas of how it should go and how the students will react, but no one knows until you dive in!
On Friday, I introduced the concept to my students and gave them the following unit sheet:
We started the consumer challenge at the beginning of the week. I introduced idea, we did some team building and following directions activities. On Thursday, most of our students had their Chromebooks, so I showed them how to make a copy of the planning sheet, which is a Google Doc, and share it with their group members. Below, you can see two different groups working on the Google Doc where they are developing their questions, determining the products they are testing and they began writing a material list and creating a procedure.
Final thoughts for tonight: I feel that the amount of personalization for the students will continue to increase as we go through the school year. Like anything, I feel that I need to scaffold it for my students. Start pretty structured and continue to give more voice and choice to the students. Ideally, I would let them run with the concept completely on their own ASAP, but these are 7th graders. This is their first year in middle school, their first year w/ A-F grades, their first year w/ multiple teachers and passing periods. I truly believe in this style of learning and I believe that my students will be successful. So, here we go...wish me luck and I'll be back to let you know how it's going =)