Mass Customized Learning: Explained
"...describe a detailed vision of how schools can change from the present outdated Industrial Age, assembly line structure to a mass customized learning structure with the capacity to meet the individual learning needs of every learner..."
Last school year, my colleagues, Jim (Art), Wes (English), and I tossed around the idea of a creating a conjoined course. So when the administration asked for ideas, we pitched a class that pulled our classes together in a unique way. We visited a coworking space in State College, tossed around skills-based teaching, discussed how to infuse project based learning, and focused on the elements of student choice. After explaining the idea to the student body, and working around their already developed class schedules, we ended up with a pilot group for the 2015 - 2016 school year.
Down Syndrome: What I learned in 5 Days
Veronika, an 11th grade student, analyzed Down Syndrome and the societal stigma placed on those with disabilities. She taught piano to one of our high school students, who has Trisomy-21, and learned some valuable lessons along the way.
"My first project elaborates upon the prominent issue that is religious influence on politics, specifically religious influence on LGBTQ rights. The location centers in the United States and we explore the perspectives of those affected and those in opposition of progression in the movement, and acknowledge the reality of the results. Poetry and film is utilized in this product in order to convey these messages and moral considerations." -Sage
Meanwhile, In Another Dimension
Morgan, a senior, analyzed historical quotes and placed them in another context - her own, alternate dimension - comic strip. From Trotsky to Kennedy, her play on words are crafted in to a really intricate pieces of work.
Although this is my 13 year of teaching, I've learned more about the educational process through Apollo than I have in years. I will continue to share my experiences over the coming months. If you missed it, here is the link to the Apollo site.