In Greenwich Connecticut, teachers are re-creating the K-5 math curriculum, and parents entering the classrooms will see students moving around, designing their own lessons, and working at tasks they have chosen.
Teachers will interact with each student, as a guide, not as a lecturer. The vision of personalized learning in mathematics has been put together by Irene Parisi, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and professional learning and her team of teachers and administrators.
19 teachers have been selected to work with Parisi in the district pilot, which is an expansion of Greenwich’s personalized learning focus.
“It focuses our teachers’ energies on each individual student,” said Jill Gildea, superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools. “This is probably going to be one of the most exciting things that takes place in the district because the impact of this truly has transformative potential,” said Interim Superintendent Sal Corda.
New furniture will also be part of some of the math pilot classrooms.
“Pedagogy has to match the space and space matches the pedagogy,” said Parisi. “We’ve had a lot of conversation about the new spaces we were creating in the classroom to support the strategy of personalized student learning.”