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

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