When you read during the summer you usually (unless you are taking a graduate class) select your favorite author or genre to enjoy. When you plan a vacation you choose your favorite habitat, beach or mountains or home. Just as in your personal life, choice is a huge part of personalizing learning.
The term "personalized learning" has many different interpretations. Some people fear that it means online all the time. Some people think it means differentiating instruction within the existing school structure. However, personalized learning is a continuum that allows for choice by the student. It allows the student to drive his/her education. By providing students with a variety of paths to competency we allow the student choice and freedom.