What is Personalized Learning? How do we get there? I am working for a school district that is pushing Personalized Learning as their big initiative. I love that idea. I love the idea of making schools special places for every student. With personalized learning, students work on the areas that they are personally weak in, and in many cases they use areas they are strong at to improve on those weak spots.
What does this mean for the teacher though? It has to mean a change in mindset. You can't be the sage on the stage anymore. You have to let students own their learning and take control of it. The age of having every student face the board or projector every day and take notes is dead. It's just not engaging, and deep down most teachers know it. It's especially not engaging for today's student.
Change is hard though. I think what get's lost in this transition to personalized learning is a path for teachers to take. Many districts and education theorist push the approach, but it's hard to get a teacher to make that change if they don't know where to start. Below you will find steps that I would take if I was still in the classroom. (I added Links to suggestions for you to start exploring) These steps can be different for everyone, but it gives you a place to start. Really, you can personalize the process to you!