A nontraditional approach to making learning personalized has been part of a district initiative for several years to find the way that students learn best.
Mayville Middle School Principal John Schlender says the approach is based on several years of research and observation. “We have known for a long time that our current education model is not ideal and it is based on years and years of efficiency. There has to be a better way to teach kids,” he said.
“In the past we always encouraged teachers to get in touch and be aware of their students’ learning styles and try to differentiate for those students, but the teacher was still doing all the work. Now we have put that same process to identify students’ different learning styles but we have put it on them so they recognize their own learning styles,” Schlender added.