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Classroom learning has evolved from uniform instruction to personalized learning--and students are reaping the benefits.

Friday 5: Personalized learning


Classroom learning has evolved from uniform instruction to personalized learning--and students are reaping the benefits

Key points:

A one-size-fits-all classroom is a thing of the past. Now, personalized learning is infused into learning in order to meet students where they are, tailoring programs and experiences to students’ needs.

Schools can connect students with personalized and differentiated learning experiences in myriad ways, ensuring students meet important learning milestones as they’re engaged in learning experiences and critical core content.

Personalized learning

Personalizing instruction helps educators create an environment where each student can learn and thrive at their own pace. Personalized learning is an essential part of effective teaching. As educators, we recognize that each of our students is on their own unique learning journey. Some are following their interests, others are preparing for a future career, while many more are just trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in the world. Any teacher hoping to meet their students where they are and help them grow into active learners cannot rely on a one-size-fits-all method of instruction. Educators can look to examples of personalized learning in the classroom for guidance. Personalization must play a key role in their teaching philosophy.

What is an example of personalized learning?

Student agency empowers learners to play a more active role in their own education by taking charge of the learning process under the guidance of skilled educators. Agency is a key element in personalizing education, and research has found that students who have agency in their learning are happier in school and more likely to achieve success. This simple strategy makes a huge difference in student learning outcomes–here’s how to leverage personalized learning examples for student success.

What are personalized learning strategies?

AI can play a role in making personalization more robust in education, along with transforming the student learning experience. Learning now is so much more than making notes from a textbook and critiquing other people’s ideas. It is cultivating your own vision of the future and how things can be improved to better our lives and advance the next generation. AI technology is a key driver in this change and will enable students to have a deeper understanding of global events and how they can make an impact. Personalization in education, including types of personalized learning, is just one pillar of AI to explore.

What are examples of individual learning?

The challenge for educators lies in recognizing and accommodating diverse learning styles within a single classroom setting. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences offers a valuable psychological framework for comprehending these differences to consequently craft educational experiences that resonate with each student’s strengths. Learning styles refer to the preferred methods individuals use to absorb, process, and retain information. These styles can vary significantly from person to person. Thus, personalized learning strategies reflected in individualized learning examples can make all the difference.

How do you use personalized learning in the classroom?

It can be a struggle to meet all the demands placed on K-12 education–pairing personalized learning activities and social-emotional supports meets several needs at once. As research and practice predicted, students immersed in studies within areas of personalized interests experienced secondary (or perhaps primary) benefits of growth in collaborative skills, problem solving, self-regulation, self-efficacy, i.e., social and emotional growth. Technology plays a key role in personalized learning. Teachers must rely heavily on technology to keep up with vetted content in these ever-emerging fields. In addition, the offered pathways are future-focused and in the epicenter of the emerging technologies that will define society’s future.  

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