Recently, our very own Gavin, International Director, and Derek, International Manager, have been flying worldwide delivering a personalized learning workshop at conferences such as the AISA Educators Conference and the Education Experts Conference.
Today, we’ve decided to give you an insight into the workshop delivered, which we’ve put together as a webinar.
You can see the webinar delivered on our page here.
If you’d like to find out more about what the webinar covers, which includes a discussion on what is personalized learning, how you can achieve it, and how you can overcome any challenges, read on, as we’re going to discuss a little bit about creating personalized learning plans for students.
Let’s Begin… Personalized Learning Plans
So to start, we need to set out the fact that to really personalize learning in the classroom, plans should be created for each student. To create a plan, we discuss six steps. Although they may not be surprising, together, they are powerful and each one has the individual student at its center, which is really important.
We’ll go through the first four steps here and explore how you can create the optimal personalized learning plan for each of your students.
1. Lay Out Your Starting Point
To start, let’s make sure you begin at your starting point and define it. By looking at assessment results as the blueprint of your curriculum design, we are able to understand where we’re going. Also, through adaptive technology that yields reliable, fair results and enables you to have smart data you can interpret, you can put the correct assessment in place to set benchmarks which is ideal.
2. Set Goals
Next, we’ll take a look at setting goals. It must be remembered that it’s not necessarily simple for students to set goals. As teachers, we should be setting goals with our students alongside asking them what areas they’d like to improve in, what their strengths and weaknesses are, etc. Students must be a part of this process and set their own goals so they know what they must achieve and how they’re going to get there.
3. Map Learning Modalities & Interests
Also, to help us develop learning plans, we need to understand our students’ preferences. Do we have visual or auditory learners? What are their interests and favorite subjects? Well, knowing these means we can accommodate students’ preferences in plans. What’s more, using Exact Path and similar adaptive technology, we can design a program tailored to a student’s needs.
4. Teach Students to Track & Focus
Now, moving onto the next step, we must consider the fact that students should be able to track their own progress. It’s important to make sure you have the right tracking tools to support your students and give them what they need. Allow students to view their own progress easily and see how they can master any misconceptions with adaptive technology such as Exact Path. Fundamentally, however, students need to see all their data and be able to interpret it verbally.
The final two steps focus on benchmarking and growth points, as well as relationship building. If you’d like to listen to the other points then make sure you listen to the full webinar.
View the full version of the Personalized Learning webinar.