Regardless of how you choose to adopt personalized learning for your classroom or school, Steelcase Education researchers uncovered eight key strategies, and supporting methods and tactics. These strategies are essential for successful personalized learning experiences.
1. Know + Respect the Learner
Educators understand that each learner’s interests, skills, goals and needs are different.
2. Develop Community
Enable the forming of student-student and teacher-student relationships to build social skills and sense of belonging.
3. Nurture Trust by Granting Freedom
Give learners opportunities to earn trust and practice agency.
4. Empower Student Choice + Voice
Shift the responsibility and pride in learning from the teacher to the student.
5. Establish Simple Guiding Principles
Guide and direct actions with concrete, realistic expectations and boundaries. Limit rules to guiding principles that give direction without over-restriction.
6. Intentionally Build Habits of Character
Reinforce desired values and character traits through thoughtfully-designed experiences.
7. Encourage Reflection + Responsiveness
Give educators and students ample opportunity to reflect on the learning process and the ability to make changes to it.
8. Use Technology, Space + Time as Resources
Increase flexibility by using technology, space, and time situationally instead of as fixed structures that limit learner behavior.
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