Magazine September 2013 - Page 23

Personalized Learning is a concept that has Understand your child’s interests been around for decades, but has recently I read a very touching story recently about a made traction with the US Department of homeschooling mother who frequented a local Education. Generally, it is a term park with her son. The This mom understood park featured a series used to describe the act of modifying a learning environment to better suit that homeschool was of underground caves. the learner . The typical pedagogue not about her, it was It was damp and dirty, interested in this approach will modify and gave her a bit of hooling about her son ake the pace of their curriculum (large slice or small?) and the approach towards the topic at hand (corner piece or edge?) Not necessarily bad; kudos for making an effort. I like to call this Personalized Teaching, though. Real Personalized Learning takes it one giant leap further and says, “What do you want to learn? What do you want to master?” This ensures that even the pickiest of learners remains enthusiastic about learning, because it is designed just for him. As a homeschooling family, you have the luxury of providing true Personalize Learning to your children. Below are three steps to help serve up an authentic personal learning experience for your children. It will take a little effort on your part, but in the end, everyone in the family reaps the rewards. claustrophobia. Yet she continued to take him. Why? Because he adored this place, and it was the perfect way to get him excited about nature, science, math, history, and more. This mom understood that homeschool was not abo ut her, it was about her son. I’m not suggesting that we spend every day in a miserable state, jet-setting about town to places we prefer not visit. I am suggesting that we consider the learner as we make decisions about how and what to teach. There may be a plethora of educational activities on Pinterest about farm animals, but if your son shows no interest then is it worth pursuing? Second grade might be the “right” time to teach George Washington, but if she is more interested in Mayan cultures then perhaps that is the history lesson worth following. Ask your child what he is interested in learning. Watch for topics that grab his attention during his free-time. Get creative about how to cross subject-areas with a single topic. For example, Mayan culture can erupt into an explosion of information in science, math, history, geography, foreign language, sociology, religion, and much more. It is not as easy as opening a boxed curriculum, but an excited learner is a reward unto itself. g