A focus on personalized learning launched by elementary school students solving a challenge will continue for an entire district.
At Barringer Road Elementary School cafeteria, students in grades 2-4 had to build a tower that could support a marshmallow. Their tools were tape, scissors, string, and uncooked spaghetti. After working in groups, each tower was measured by district Superintendent Rich Hughes, who measured each tower to see which one was tallest.
“It’s focusing the learning on what the child needs,” said Hughes. Hedressed as a NASA astronaut for the event to celebrate the launch. He says that this style of learning allows students to obtain “information as fast as they can or as slow as they need to.” He also added that giving kids a choice in following their interests is part of personalized learning.
Another launch took place at Harry M. Fisher Elementary School. Four first grade classes built a paper rocket and got to see how far it would go.
The district is interested in breaking down the “one size fits all” approach to instruction.
“Part of personalized learning is to get more creative in the classroom,” Barringer Road Elementary School Principal Jeremy Rich said to the students. “We want to make sure we reach every single one of you as learners.”