I read a lot about "personalized learning" and every so often I come across a post that compels me to write yet again on the subject (I've written before about it here.). This time, it´s Cooper's How Personalized Learning Starts with Less Teacher Talk, More Student Voice. The following in particular caught my attention...
... I do know that [students will] come in being able to use some kind of language, and so [teachers] start there. When it comes to personalized learning, I spend less time talking at my students and more time talking to them, using the language they already have to help them develop the language of mathematics they need to know.
If the point is to encourage student voice, seems like talking with students would take priority over talking to students. Here is the list of key points Cooper makes that I totally agree with yet have nothing to do with "personalized learning":
Again, I agree with these premises... it's just that these premises have nothing to do with "personalized learning".
Personalized Learning = Personal Learning Network
Cator tries to distinguish between individualized learning, differentiated instruction, and personalized learning, but tends to confound the issue. Here is why...
Given these 15 points, consider the following definition...
Personalized learning means instruction is paced to learning needs, tailored to learning preferences, and tailored to the specific interests of different learners. In an environment that is fully personalized, the learning objectives and content as well as the method and pace may all vary (so personalization encompasses differentiation and individualization).
Benjamin L. Stewart
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