This is part 2 of a 6 part article on personalized learning, what it is, why it matters and the 9 main benefits of personalized learning.
It is taken in part from the book, Smarter Squared: How to Use Personalized Learning to Master School Faster and Create the Future You Want by Pat Wyman, et. al.
So What are the 9 Main Benefits of Personalized Learning?
Personalized learning means that you actively design your education—and your teachers, peers and community become your mentors, guides, facilitators, and supporters. You can imagine how this approach creates wide open possibilities—and how much more motivated you’ll feel about your education!
Personalized learning becomes more meaningful for you because you are much more in control. Using your Personalized Learner Profile and Plan it will be easier for you to see how what you’re doing is connected to the world outside the classroom and to the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Imagine being able to set your goals and see your progress on these goals as often as you’d like!
Personalized learning allows you to work at a pace you’re comfortable with and you won’t compare yourself with other students any longer because everyone is on their own personalized learning path.
It allows you to jump ahead if you’ve mastered a concept or topic and you can set new goals quickly. It also closes any achievement gaps by giving you instant feedback and tells you whether you need to make adjustments.
Personalized learning means your teacher gets to know you much better and you receive more individualized help than you might in a traditional
Using a variety of technologies your teacher becomes your facilitator and he or she has significantly more time to understand what
inspires you. Together, you can create the best ways to help you achieve your goals.
Personalized learning helps you develop the ability to guide your own education beyond school—a vital life skill. As you do this, you gain confidence
and learn to believe in yourself. This guides you through the rest of your life.
Personalized learning is flexible and adaptable; your learning changes as you change it, and education remains up-to-date with the world outside of school. Overall, your learning takes on a life of its own.
Personalized learning gives you the learning and interpersonal skills you will need in school, workplace or as an entrepreneur.
Personalized learning action research shows that it helps you score higher on tests, earn better grades and have a deeper understanding of your learning.
Schools using personalized learning report higher graduation rates and more students entering college.
Personalized learning also helps increase your knowledge and enables you to apply that knowledge as a local and global citizen. As you work alone or
in teams you can decide whether to work on projects that solve local, national or even global problems.
Currently, students using personalized learning combine all subjects into deeper learning projects.
Examples of these projects encompass local and global efforts such as removing plastic from the ocean, effectively addressing climate change and even supplying sustainable food to those who are hungry.
Personalized learning moves you forward with the rest of the world around you. Because it is learner-centered, it adapts to the world as it changes.
Watch for part 3 following the 9 main benefits of personalized learning.