Students at Mr. Zion Elementary School are always motivated to be creative thinkers, and now kids are owning their education with personalized learning.
In Johns Island, South Carolina, community support is a vital element of having a successful school. “We do personalized learning which is all about the students really setting their own academic goals, working on those goals, said Caley Jones, kindergarten teacher. “The teachers do weekly conferences with them setting up their data binders with them, discussing where they are and where they need to be and help them really understand their next step in learning. It’s just about the students really taking ownership of their learning, understanding they can do anything they put their mind to.”
First graders in Rachel Parker’s class work in literacy centers. “It is a part of personalized learning,” says Parker. Everyone has a different learning target at writing. They are all working on a different writing activity that is special to what they need to learn. It’s really helped our kids. I’ve seen then grow as leaders as writer, students in general. They’re better thinkers. They’re more confident because everything is catered right to their needs.”
Every day, students record their progress in notebooks. This way, according to principal Deborah Fordham, they have an ongoing awareness of their progress and goals. “The challenge is constant.,” she said. “I have mastered that goal. I have mastered that skill, let me move on to the next thing. In fifth grade, we actually have students reading at a high school level.”