Students are learning at their own pace with a Personalized Math Curriculum at a gifted and talented middle school program in Springfield.
The Springfield Public Schools, in partnership with the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership have teamed up with New Classrooms, a non-profit dedicated to personalized education.
At Chestnut Accelerated Middle School, over 200 Talented and Gifted Middle School students are receiving personalized math lessons this year, thanks to a program called Teach to One. Students participate in a two session 90 minute math session during the school day, beginning with checking their schedules in the morning to see what classroom they report to. Daily placement is made on the basis of what their needs are from the day before and their schedules.
According to Chalais Carter, one of four TAG educators, Teach to One is a “holistic learning model.”
“I’m really pushed as a teacher in the way that I think about assessment and the way that I bring my instruction game to students,” she said. “This component of the program allows me to ask as a teacher how many times had a student been exposed to a particular skill and how I should think about that as I go to plan my lesson so I can do what I need to do so I can fill I the gaps that they may have.”