This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers facilitate the building block of Communication, not only are they nurturing a learning environment that supports personalized learning, they are also helping students to develop skills that are essential for personal and professional success.
Each opening day of school throughout my childhood was full of nervous anticipation and just a little bit of dread. I was excited about seeing my friends and using my new school supplies. I always hoped that I would return to school a little taller than the other kids in my class. There were, however, usually two constants. First, I continued to be shorter than everyone else, and second, instead of actually using my school supplies to make anything, all of my classes followed the same routine.