Ashley Howard from Navin Elementary School in the Marysville, Ohio, discusses the application of personalized learning in her second grade classroom.

Demonstrating Mastery is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Process

In a traditional classroom, students might demonstrate mastery of a concept by taking a test. Or maybe the whole class writes reports. Perhaps the teacher assigns a public speaking exercise. Any one of those exercises surely demonstrates mastery by some students, while potentially leaving out others.

In a personalized learning environment, each individual student can work with their instructors to develop ways to demonstrate mastery in ways that make sense for them. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all assessments that work for few.

Ashley Howard works at Navin Elementary School in the Marysville Exempted Village School District in Marysville, Ohio, and has been working with second graders on how they show mastery of non-fiction text features.

“We talked about how we learn best,” Ashley said of her discussions with her students. “Every brain is different. Everybody has strengths with a lot of different things.”

The ways students chose to demonstrate mastery ranged from creating posters to writing and playing songs.

“That was really neat to see them demonstrate their learning in a different way,” said Ashley.

Learn more: Watch a video of Ashley Howard discussing personalized learning in her second grade classroom.

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Kate Westrich

Written by: Kate Westrich

Kate Westrich manages digital marketing for KnowledgeWorks, tweeting for @KnowledgeWorks and @EdPersonalized, and posting at KnowledgeWorks' Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest pages.

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