Father Ben Holdren and Medea Boguslaw

Personalized learning occurs when high school students assess themselves and their community in order to design learning opportunities that fit their own aspirations, talents, and interests—while they also gather evidence to show that they are meeting academic expectations.  (Clarke, 2003)

Barbara McCombs, PhD, from the University of Denver, states that motivation is related to whether or not learners have opportunities to be autonomous and to make important academic choices. Having choices allows children to feel that they have control or ownership over their own learning. This, in turn, helps them develop a sense of responsibility and self-motivation (2013)

Student motivation and engagement are vital to the growth of knowledge, thereby increasing the culture for learning as stated on standard (4) Instructional Strategies.  The teacher uses effective instructional strategies to ensure growth in student achievement.

  The Teacher:

              a). Uses a range of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and resources that

                    are targeted to meet learning goals.

              b.) Modifies, adapts, and differentiates instruction and accommodations based on data

                    analysis, observation and student needs.

              c.) Uses strategies that enable students to develop skills in critical thinking, inquiry,

                    questioning and discussion as appropriate for individual student achievement.

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