Asbury Elementary

Soaring to Excellence

Personalized Learning

Visit our Personalized Learning website and/or visit our Asbury Facebook Page where examples of personalized and project based learning is shared.

Personalized Learning (PL) is an approach to education that focuses on building students’ identities as lifelong learners, so that, over time, they develop a full-fledged sense of ownership of their academic progress. At Asbury personalized learning is a process of guiding students toward becoming learners and mastering his/her personal learning goals. Learners ask questions, show curiosity, and are always seeking to know more, even outside of the classroom. Learners at Asbury are involved in goal setting based on their needs, and are encouraged and monitored by their teachers in making strides to meet their goals.

Teachers at Asbury foster a classroom that empowers students to identify their learning preferences. All students learn differently, and it’s important for students to recognize how they learn best. Teachers coach students to take ownership of their learning and leverage student strengths when students have to engage in a challenging task. Teachers are implementing these elements of personalized learning into their classrooms:

  • Voice and choice of where to sit
  • Creating a classroom culture for students to learn from one another
  • Creating a classroom culture for students to take risks and set personal goals
  • Creating a classroom culture for students to be reflective
  • Incorporating Project-based units to increase engagement and achievement
  • The use of technology to deepen understanding on a topic or using technology to show their understanding on a topic

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The project is framed by a meaningful real-world problem to solve or question to answer that is aligned to grade level standards in which builds skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and self-regulation. Projects take place in all content areas and work to integrate the different content areas: Literacy, Math, Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies and very grounded in our Common Core standards. At Asbury each grade level participates in at least one to two project-based units over the course of the school year. In December and May, Asbury hosts Expos for students and teachers to share and celebrate the projects with families and staff.