Personalized Learning In Schools
One of the primary reasons why personalization is an enormous emphasis in education today is that our approach to teaching is becoming increasingly individualized. As our students grow older, we need to deliver an education that fits their learning style, however varied and varied it may be. To that end, our schools are implementing many different tools and different approaches in order to customize learning for every student.
Advancements in technology are allowing us to incorporate technology to personalizedize instruction, but what does this really mean? A normal education is based on distributed learning (more lectures, learning in groups, and answers to numerous questions given on various levels) and then, by complete guesswork, students take those learning habits and apply them to the work they receive. You see this applied to all sorts of skills, ranging from science to math to literacy.
This is a successful way of learning for a given class, but we know that school’s one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way to educate a student. How can a classroom be customized to be effective? It’s not about individualized learning but learning within a set of teaching and learning methods. It’s about how students learn, not the method of learning. And the main difference is that personalized education allows us to respond to the unique needs of students as they progress through the curriculum. This is called a “flexible, adaptive learning model.”
The Need for Flexibility
The purpose of personalized learning is to adjust the class to the student rather than those students adjusting the class to the needs of the teacher. This flexibility in technology and processes means that we are able to measure a student’s development throughout the school year, continuously assess their progress, and adapt our teaching and learning styles in order to be more effective. It’s more personalized because:
Teachers are more knowledgeable about each student’s learning style.
The lesson are scheduled and delivered at a regular rhythm.
Students and teachers work together to build learning skills.
For the first five years of school, each student will attend lessons according to the teacher’s set times. After that point, students need to change and adapt to the new lesson timings. We are able to incorporate technology into the normal classroom structure in a way that we can deliver the lessons to them at that new time, class time, or whatever they are comfortable with, and it is based on what that student’s learning style is. Then, we can use the existing lesson plans to adjust and reach those learners to their individual needs.
This process produces more effective learning by giving students the ability to learn at their own pace. It also provides guidance for the teacher so that the classroom environment is more stable. Within the instructional process, knowledge and practice lead to better teaching and learning experiences for the student.
The New Classroom Model
Personalized learning works best for children who demonstrate early and targeted intellectual and creative abilities, as they will need individualized treatment in order to reach their full potential. In order to achieve the best learning results for each student, a new approach must be used to identify what that child’s learning style is and then adapt the instructional approach so that it works in accordance with their learning need. This is why the classroom model is still being constructed – not so that students aren’t taught in the same way, but so that the learning needs of each child can be recognized and adequately addressed in order to create the best learning opportunities.