The key to personalization is assessing the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of each student, and using that information to deliver and adjust each child’s learning. At the beginning of the school year, the teacher, parent and student collaborate to complete the annual Personal Learning Plan (PLP). The PLP sets annual goals in Academics, Life and Career Goals, Learning Styles, and 21st Century Learning, and to collectively monitor progress that is not reflected on a traditional report card.
The most important part of the PLP is the inclusion of the student in its creation. Research has shown that students learn better and are more confident when they feel ownership of their education.