Webster defines self-paced learning as “designed to permit learning at the student’s own pace”.
In a self-paced learning environment, the teacher creates multiple weeks of materials (notes, activities, assessments) in advance for students to complete when they are ready. Students do not move forward until they have mastered the previous skill to certain pre-determined level of mastery.
It is really the first and most logical step in my mind to differentiating your classroom. Allowing students that move slower to move slower and those that move faster to move faster.
Becca had started the process in her class and I was eager to try it in mine. She implemented it for a quarter in her class and I gave it a trial at the end of last semester. Here are some things we discovered about logistics and complications related to starting up a self-paced environment. If you are interested in bringing this to your classroom here are some tips from our trials in the new class format.
Logistics & Potential Complications:
This is a system that both Becca and I are very excited about using in our classes. We will continue to post about our success, challenges, and adventures in the self-paced environment.