Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Truly Differentiated Education at The School of One in Manhattan

Today, principals were invited to join the Manhattan Office of Instructional Technology on a learning walk at the School of One at M.S. 131 in Manhattan. The school is pioneering a new way to learn in school by implementing an approach to truly provide differentiated instruction each day for each students by creating individualized daily plans (Playlists) for each student based on student assessments, individualized learning styles, interests, expressions, abilities, and more. When students enter school their schedule is posted on a digital display (think flight schedule screen at the airport) and this schedule is based on their assessments from the previous day using an assessment algorithm. Every day, students study skills from their personalized Playlist and then take a Playlist Update (assessment) at the end of each of day. The next day they receive a new and different schedule. Student classes take place in the School of One Mission Room that has been created in the school library.

Manhattan principals are fortunate to be invited to visits to innovative schools throughout the year. Our visit was certainly a timely one as the day of our visit, the school was featured in The New York Times Education Article: Laptop? Check. Student Playlist? Check. Classroom of the Future? Check by JENNIFER MEDINA.

To learn more about the School of One, download the School of One Student Handbook.ppt

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