Maggie, Kelsy, and I recently attended the Governor's Summit on Innovative Education in Bismarck. One of the speakers was Ted Dintersmith, author of the book Most Likely to Succeed. In the middle of his inspiring talk about changing the way we look at education he said, "learning is deeply personal."
I felt a resounding, "Yes!" well up in my heart. My learning experience is my personal journey. Your learning experience is your personal journey. The reason why it is so meaningful is because it is mine, because it is yours. Our learning journeys are not going to look the same. But often times, we attempt to fit children into a "one-size fits all" experience. If learning is deeply personal, "one-size fits all" will not work.
What if we began to think beyond differentiation? What if we began to dream about what it would look like if each child's learning experience was driven by their own questions and their own passions? What if we truly made space for education that is deeply personal?
Again, my heart sings, "We must!"