Personalized learning experiences...
Personalized learning as a field or approach is a relatively new one and it’s certainly here to stay. Education is constantly evolving, so it’s important to keep up to date with these new ways of teaching and learning.
Great teachers know that each student has different learning strengths and styles and outside of the classroom they are super-connected and engaged. So, just like one of the first car models in the 1920's - which had to give way to thousands of others, that were tailored to different needs and tastes - the traditional classroom with one-size-fits-all lessons are now having to do the same and give way to innovative teaching, adapted to different student needs and environments.
What's very interesting is that while personalized learning makes us pay attention to the individual and specific, we actually have to think collectively and at a system level to implement personalized learning successfully.
Like any big change, implementing personalized learning requires a shared vision at a school, district or even state level. Frameworks have to be selected or developed and new roles and models for decision-making have to be created, as well as constructive dialogue and shared learning.
Take the example of teachers in the state of Delaware. A Teacher Council worked to create a blueprint for personalized learning across the state, but they further recognized:
"If we, as educators, are going to drive personalization across Delaware and the country, we need to own the term and work together to move from definition to action."
They knew that individual teachers or schools would not be as successful alone, as they could be together. They had to share this blueprint vision, discuss questions and learn together, so they gathered 100+ teachers from across the state for a Personalized Learning Workshop to move this from an idea into practice.
If you're thinking about how to implement personalized learning in your school, classroom or district this summer, then this free guide from ISTE— Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology— provides a great strategic outline, examples and resources. It also prioritizes the teacher and student experience in the process, and positions technology in a supporting and enabling role, two principles that we think are essential.
Taking this comprehensive and collaborative approach is the only way to bridge the gap between what students are experiencing inside the classroom and doing outside the classroom, and the way to move us into the innovative and sustainable education that we need for the world that don't yet exist.
Tell us how you're implementing personalized learning in your school or classroom.
About Hayel Saeed
Hayel firmly believes that education is the single best pathway to solving the world’s most overwhelming issues like poverty, human rights and the environment. He gets that when things make life easier, better or faster, they'll be used more and have a bigger impact. As a co-founder, he's motivated to make sure that Mentorina delivers on this premise.
Hayel applies his training in finance, accounting, and administration to make certain that the day-to-day details of a global operation run smoothly, including client satisfaction, managing budgets and recruiting passionate talent to the team.