I’ve never really individualized things. I’ve differentiated and offered options, but I’ve never actually created something to specifically appeal to one student.  It’s kind of fun.  Although right now it’s just an idea that I’m pitching, I’m kind of hoping that it gets picked up. And it makes me wonder if something like that could be done on a larger scale, with more students – even an entire class…  Or would that be overwhelming?  What would happen if my student who wanted to be a quantum physicist (yes, I have one of those!) read books and studied book on quantum physics and about quantum physicists?  Granted, there’s a place for the “classics” (who decides what is “classic” anyway?), I suppose, since colleges often force those upon a student, but still…  would that drive student motivation up?  Or is that “dumbing down” or “watering down” what they’re supposed to learn?  Students would still learn the skills, like to think and write persuasively, to evaluate, and to analyze information.  The only difference would be the method and medium.

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