Personalized instruction

Millis Public Schools

Each year, teachers sit down with students to create a personalized learning profile.

Nancy Gustafson, superintendent of the 1,250-student district, said this is just one way the district is using technology to personalize learning. “Personalization is much more doable in Millis because we are small and we’ve always had this culture that captures our motto, “Small School, Big Family,’’ Gustafson said. “As a district, we knew that personalizing learning is what we could do better than anyone else. We are small, nimble, and flexible.’’

The student profiles include interests, aspirations, learning styles, skill and knowledge levels, and other information that helps teachers personalize their instructional approach.

How that instruction takes place is different from class to class, depending on student needs. Gustafson said some teachers go deeply into project-based learning, in which students have more say in how they learn. She cited an example of a high school history teacher who allowed students to create rap songs to show their mastery of a certain time period.

Students seem to be responding, she said. “We know from surveys that they are more engaged. They like having choices. They like being encouraged to have input into setting their goals.’’

Median sale price of single-family homes: $449,500

ABOVE $479,900

76 Acorn St., Millis

Type Single-family Dutch Colonial

Year built 1982

Lot size 0.75 acre

Bedrooms 3

Baths 2 full, 1 half

Square footage 2,272

Bernie Calvario, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,


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Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Medway, MA 02053 Real Estate – For Sale

Enjoy this private setting at the end of a cul de sac in a highly desirable coveted neighborhood .This 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is well maintained with new carpet, lighting, fresh interior paint and more~The 2-story foyer leads to an inviting family room with soaring ceilings, bay windows, hardwood floors,fireplace & skylights. Open floor plan to dining room & kitchen with stainless steel appliances & double oven. Sliders to a newly painted deck that overlooks an over-sized backyard. The second floor offers a generous Master suite w/full bath and it’s own Juliet balcony! Two additional bedrooms, storage closets, and second full bath. The first floor has 2 additional bedrooms, large half bath, laundry room and separate family/play room w/sliders to backyard. This home is an energy saver, powered by Solar panels and energy star appliances, includes free standing LG a.c unit & 3 window units. Medway is a very desirable town with great schools, easy access to major Rts, the T & shopping.

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Six Transformation Ideas for Your Spare Room

The spare room. How is it that they always seem to be a catchall for random household items and never quite turn into a useable room? If you’re tired of walking by your spare room and it’s dismal mish-mash state keep reading for tips to turn it into a room you’ll be excited to use.

Art studio. Whether you were born with a paintbrush in hand, haven’t touched one since high school or have always wanted to learn how an art studio can bring creativity into your life and home. Invest in an easel and a paint set to get started. But be sure to cover the floors for easy clean up! Unless that is you want to go for the splattered look.

Reading room. Turn your spare room into a cozy reading nook by installing floor to ceiling bookshelves and some reading chairs. Create a room others will envy by building a window seat snug between two bookcases. Add ambiance with thick, ornate curtains and a plush area rug.

Music room. Have you been longing to learn piano or guitar for years? Set your spare room up to be a practice space by installing soundproof walls and adding some instruments. Hooks on walls to hang your growing guitar collection or a small bookshelf for sheet music will keep your room neat and organized.

Crafting room. If you have more craft supplies than you know what to do with you would probably benefit from a craft room. By dedicating space to your hobby you can organize your projects to be picked up at will and safely stored when you are ready to dive back in. If you have more than one craft you prefer you can even set up station dedicated to each one throughout your room. Add a cozy sitting chair for knitting or needlepoint or a large desk for scrapbooking or sewing.

Playroom. Give your kids a space of their own by creating a playroom to store all their toys and have ample room to play with them. The extra space allows you to add fun playtime extras like a rug with a racetrack printed on it or a large dollhouse. A playroom also helps kids transition from playtime to other activities throughout the day.

Movie theater. If you are a movie buff consider turning your spare room into the ultimate home movie theater experience. Large reclining chairs with cupholders add the comfort of the movie going experience. Pick up a screen projector and popcorn machine to recreate that theater feel.
Home office

Don’t let the extra space your spare room offers go to waste. Clear out any clutter that’s built up over the years and dedicate it to a new hobby, a long loved pastime or a place for your family to gather and spend time. Your options are endless so get creative and then get to work!

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