Parents across the country are crying out to find an education that understands and adapts to their child’s unique strengths, interests, and learning styles. When many traditional schools fall short in providing for gifted or challenged learners, others are finding new ways to engage kids in the classroom by leveraging their interests in the lessons.
To find out what personalized education looks like in school, we asked teachers at Fusion Academy to share their approach for one of the toughest subjects: math.
"One student was unhappy about learning geometric transformations and thinking about coordinate transformations," said Debanu Das, Teacher at Fusion San Mateo. "However, he was playing with his iPhone, showing me a couple of video clips of him skateboarding. Rotating the phone display to get a larger screen area to view, I pointed out to that in rotating his phone, the software was making geometric transformations, swapping from x-y to y-x coordinates and changing the display on the screen.”
"For students who enjoy cooking, I sometimes use recipe examples when working with equations and fractions," said Jerry Hawkins, Teacher at Fusion Palo Alto. "One example I use is getting a slice out of an onion as an analogy for solving a multi-step equation. I also used getting a pearl from an oyster on a beach as a comparison. These allowed students to see math as more of a step-by- step process, rather than the burst of magic that some feel many teachers convey."
"For one student, it was difficult to determine how well he was retaining information and also to give assessments," said Christina Bunkers, Math/Science Department Head at Fusion Academy in Mission Viejo. "He loved Spiderman, though, so I tried to incorporate that into lessons or quizzes as often as possible.”
Fusion Academy personalizes education with the smallest class sizes possible -- just one student and one teacher per classroom. For more information or to locate a campus near you, visit Fusion Academy's website.