I am truly enjoying the personalized learning, flipped classroom. collaborative and sharing nature of my AP French classroom. They have shown significant progress in their learning and although they may not realize it, they have improved their communication a tonne! I am in week 5 of what I call the “shift” and a move toward less teacher directed activities and more student driven learning and the vast majority are loving it.
It is really interesting to see what students think about their own learning. In the anonymous Google Form reflection they were asked to express their thoughts about the new style of learning, the advantages and disadvantages of the learning and how they envisioned making it better. The results were quite interesting in that most of the students really enjoyed having choice – no surprise – however one student thought things were too vague and they wanted to be told what to do a little more. Another student wanted to have more evaluations of their learning – despite getting feedback on their oral and written communication, their application of learning and comprehension skills. One student thought it was a disadvantage that the class wasn’t learning about the exact same thing as they would in a science or math class I suppose.
Many of the advantages comments related to exploring things that they would never have explored otherwise, being able to choose and change topics depending on interests, working collaboratively in class – which is great because I do have a 7 francophones in the course – and despite it being listed as a disadvantage comment, more complex research is something that will surely help them in their post-secondary pursuits.
Most the suggestions for improvement revolved around having more evaluations since they are working so diligently on their tasks, however that is a cultural shift that we’re still working on at my school.
I am still having a great time with personalized learning and I have never had students work so diligently in class. Don’t get me wrong, there are still days when I need to encourage unmotivated students but this is far less frequent. As we prepare for the March Break and 3 1/2 weeks without French, I sent them home with the book RU by Kim Thuy and I came across a nice resource that people can use as alternates to a book report. Students will be given a rubric and will have the choice of how they represent their learning within the essential questions.
I’ve always been open to student feedback and listening to what they need. I am so happy to hear that they are enjoying this new approach for the most part, and with consistent tweaking and adjustments to student needs it will only continue to improve. If anyone reading my blog is or knows someone doing something similar I would love to hear from you. Stay tuned for a recap of a project we just finished that really demonstrated the power of personalized learning.