I started the 2016-2017 school year continuing to grow my understanding of personalized learning and creating a more personalized environment in my classroom. In the first week, I introduced the concept to my students by asking, "How can we create a classroom that is personalized for everyone?" The students spent the first few weeks learning about personalization and themselves and peers as learners. They helped design the classroom into a working space from everyone by designating areas for independent and group work, places to move or listen to music. Students also created learner profiles that described their personalities and learning styles. I have used those profiles to help in planning my instruction for the class and individual students. I started using Front Row to gather more data, specifically in math, on student progress in various strands and have used it to assign individual assignments and meet with students one on one in areas of need. The biggest piece that is taking a long time to establish is the student independence and ability to drive their own learning, tracking goals and growth and recognizing what they need to keep moving forward. To help students gain independence, I have created goal sheets with the learning goals and targets to help them track growth along the way. My next steps are to create more detailed Learner Profiles based upon how students access, engage and express information, build "learning backpacks" with tools they will need to be successful, and have students interact with the profile on a regular basis to help guide their decision making in independent work. I am also using Front Row to continue to personalize instruction for students and would like to look more at MAP reports to see how this tool can help in my planning. I also need to determine a better way to organize my data collection to track student growth and help with my planning. The use of Seesaw and the ability to link standards to assignments posted on there will help give me a snapshot of growth as well.