Personalized Learning

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Every child is beautifully unique. They each have their own strengths, their own curious way of exploring the world - and their own way of learning. Not every child learns at the same rate and in the same way. In order to help each child reach their full potential, we must personalize the learning to their needs and empower each child to take charge of their journey.

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Pattonville's Vision for Personalized Learning

Students own their learning, unconstrained by time, practice, or structure, to meet their unique learning goals supporting their future success.

High school students collaborating on a hands-on project.

What is Personalized Learning?

Personalization refers to instruction paced to the learner's needs, tailored to learning preferences, and adapted to the specific interest of different learners. In an environment that is fully personalized, the learning objectives and content as well as the method and pace may vary.

Personalized Learning starts with the learner:

  • The teacher is the guide for the learner on their individual learning journey.
  • Learners have voice and choice in their learning.
  • Learners become independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning and assessments of mastery.

Bridgeway Badging program

Students and teachers at Bridgeway Elementary School share how a badging system enables student choice and makes learning more engaging.

Passion Projects Fuel Student-Driven Learning

Holman Middle School English teacher Maegan Bowersox was published on the ASCD website, a professional learning and community representing thousands of educators from more than 129 countries. Her piece highlighted how passion projects fuel student-driven learning, including the steps and outline for creating a six-week project. ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching and leading so every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Read her article here:

Holman Innovation Project

Students at Holman Middle School dive deep into research and problem-solving via an Innovators program that provides students voice and choice. Eighth graders were challenged to create a product to benefit society and present on the end result. Teams were chosen to participate in an Innovators Showcase, where they were judged on their design, concept and presentation. Check out a story on a similar project the previous school year.

Parkwood Genius Hour

Parkwood Elementary School students spend an hour each week pursuing learning about what interests them. The school's Genius Hour puts empowers students to learn about what makes them passionate.

Remington's Team 4-5

A new structure for fourth- and fifth-graders at Remington Traditional School is anything but traditional. Teachers are using a learning configuration that combines fourth- and fifth-grade students into four classrooms, with students changing core classes (English language arts, math, science and social studies) as needed to best meet their personal learning needs and strengths. Find out more.

Parkwood uses new badging system to personalize learning

Scouts can earn merit badges in personal-interest areas such as animal science to wilderness survival. But what if students in schools could personalize their learning the same way? If they attend Parkwood Elementary School, they can. First-grade teachers and the art teacher at Parkwood began a “badging” program this year as a way to personalize learning for their young students.


BRIDGEWAY Publishing unit Lets students decide How to share

Students in Nicole Hagedorn's first-grade class were each tasked to interview a fellow classmate (or teacher). They then had voice and choice on how they published their writing assignment. Students chose different ways to publish.

Remington Tech Edcamp gives students creative voice and choice

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Remington Traditional School became the teachers as they led their classmates in a Tech Edcamp. Students volunteered to run sessions introducing different technology applications to their peers. Their classmates chose which sessions to attend based on their interests and needs.

Personalized, competency-based education in PSD

In 2018, the Pattonville Board of Education approved an update of the district's long-term strategic plan, which supports Pattonville’s continued move to personalized, competency-based approaches to learning. With personalized learning, students advance in their learning by demonstrating mastery of important concepts and skills (competencies). Learning is customized to student needs: time it takes to master the subject matter, the teacher’s instructional practices and the structure of the learning environment. Take a look at how this concept is being used in Pattonville with math instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

SHare your story

We are building our story of what Personalized Learning is in Pattonville and we need your help telling the story. If you have an idea for a written story or short video or would like to contribute to our blog, please complete this form.

Read more about our journey toward offering more personalized learning opportunities for Pattonville students in our PersonalizedPSD Blog. If you're a Pattonville teacher and want to write a guest blog post, fill out the form below (Share Your Story), and we'll get back to you.

Personalized Learning Committee

Pattonville is developing a multi-year Personalized Learning plan (preschool through 12th grade) that will provide ongoing feedback to students on their growth toward being ready to master high school course content and college or career success after graduation. A committee of parents, students and teachers is working together to develop this plan and shape what Personalized Learning looks like in Pattonville. Find out more information at the links below.

Committee update to Board of Education - Sept. 11, 2018

Committee update to Board of Education - Nov. 13, 2018

Personalized Learning Committee meeting

Parents, students and staff meet in a subcommittee focused on competency-based learning goals.