FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Teachers in an Alaska borough are embracing a different approach that allows students to choose what and how they learn.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports educators at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District are leading the charge in incorporating personalized learning for the borough’s 13,702 K-12 students.
All of the borough’s traditional public schools now are working to use the personalized learning approach, which includes flexible seating, digital content, project-based learning, small groups, student-driven reflections and allowing students to progress at their own pace.
Some schools are looking at specializing in certain areas, such as STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Elementary schools began personalized learning in early 2017 and are the furthest ahead.
Some students at Ladd Elementary School spend one hour a week learning about a subject of their choosing.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com
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