[For the past five years I’ve been an ardent follower of Kathleen McClaskey in her effort to promote a truly student-centered approach to learning. In this blog entry she tells the story of where her passion developed – her insights into her son’s struggle to learn and the limiting responses by public schools.]
The Story Behind My Passion to Personalize Learning
– Kathleen McClaskey, Co-Founder of Personalize Learning, LLC
This story needs to be told. I am passionate about learners and learning! I believe that every child on the planet is a learner! I am committed to help schools create learning environments where every child can become life long learners and realize their hopes and dreams! You could say that I am on a mission. But why has personalized learning become my passion and mission in my life? There is a very personal story that begins over 36 years ago when a little boy came into my life, my first-born son. He was an active toddler who spoke early and could engage you in long conversations about his imaginary world. He had a sense of adventure when he explored the outdoors and could create new worlds in his drawings. Early on he had a love for animals, fishing and books about history.
He entered school with all these wonderful qualities with a love for learning and discovery. His experience as a first grader was a difficult one with his teacher using the whole language method for reading. Before the end of 1st Grade, he would be identified with learning disabilities. Although he was identified exceptional in math, he would never be recognized with this gift or any of his aspirations, talents and interests.