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It's About Extension

 

IT’S ABOUT EXTENSION

 

Last week, we learned about how Personalized Learning Time gives students the embedded opportunity to receive interventions within the context of the class schedule.  This week, we will focus on those students who already know the material, or who already “get it”, and how Personalized Learning Time gives them the opportunity to dig more deeply into the concepts, making time serve them more purposefully than the student serving time and feeling that it is a waste.  This is what is meant by extension.

Pre-assessments and Formative Assessments give teachers the data they need to design the instruction for the class.  Typically, teachers take baseline data and design their instruction to meet the needs of the majority of students, often leaving a few students feeling like their time is being wasted re-learning something they already know.

Within the Flex Mod system, Personalized Learning Time and Small Group Instruction offer those students the opportunity to personally design their learning to make the content more meaningful, relevant, and challenging for them.  Instead of passively sitting back and absorbing, students now have the challenge of identifying a problem, finding a pathway to deeper understanding, or exploring alternative viewpoints on the content of focus in the classroom.

When the teacher brings the whole class back for full group instruction, these students now have the depth of understanding and/or a wider view of the concept in order to contribute more authentically in class discussion.  This gives the student the ownership over their knowledge and the authority to contribute, question, and challenge -- all skills that are essential in any career field in the 21st century.

 

It's About Extension

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