Thursday, March 2, 2017

Personalization in Action

What is Personalize Learning? 

“Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”  (definition from INACOL)

The purpose of personalized learning is to open student pathways and encourage student voice and choice in their education. Differentiation is a key part of personalized learning, and it is essential in education. In personalized learning environments, educators seek to meet each student within their own zone of proximal development. Without personalization, there is a gap between the individual student, their learning, and the support they need to succeed in a way that makes sense to his/her interests.

The shift toward personalization changes the dynamic between the teacher and student. Educators take on new roles as mentors, coaches and facilitators, and power and control shifts to the students. By giving students ownership over their learning and grounding learning in their interests and passions, they feel valued, motivated and in control.

Need help introducing and enhancing personalized learning practices in your classroom? Take some tips from members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools—a coalition of forward-thinking districts throughout the country. 
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  • Provide alternative assessment opportunities that let students show their content understanding in nontraditional ways.
  • Emphasize experiential learning, student involvement, and student solving real-world issues. Have students set individual goals within the classroom curriculum.