Today’s student population is more diverse than ever before and a one-size-fits-all education system is unable to meet the needs of many students. While educators recognize the importance of personalizing instruction to meet learner’s unique academic needs, creating individualized lesson plans for every student is nearly impossible. That’s why a growing number of educators are utilizing technology to personalize learning and offer flexible options for pace, scaffolds, remediation, and acceleration opportunities all within the same classroom.
What is personalized learning?
Personalized learning is an approach to teaching that is centered around each student. Lessons are organized around individual student needs regardless of grade level. Personalized learning means meeting each student where he or she is at, taking into account individual skills, strengths, weaknesses, and prior knowledge.
How is personalized learning successfully implemented?
Many educators are now utilizing supplemental online learning programs to create personalized learning paths for each student. Student’s strengths and weakness are determined using an assessment tool, and based on that data, an individualized learning path is created. Learning goals are the same for all students, but they can progress through the material at different speeds according to their needs. Students spend more time working on lessons that teach them concepts they haven’t mastered yet, and get to skip over content they already know.
What is the teacher’s role?
Supplemental personalized learning allows teachers to be more efficient with their time. While using a personalized learning program, educators can continually monitor student progress in real time and differentiate instruction accordingly. Teachers spend less time grading papers and lecturing, and more time on one-on-one and small group instruction. When teachers are equipped with data on exactly what concepts their students are grasping or struggling with, they can effectively differentiate instruction.