Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Personalized Learning - Three Different Models

Not everyone learns the same way. We all have our preferences of how we like to obtain and show understanding of content.  This is especially true of our students. 

Research shows that students who have choice over their learning can reduce dropout rates.  Click here for an example.

So why not use a different learning model and try and motivate students with a personalized learning experience? 

Here are three models to personalize the learning for your classroom.

#1 Project Based Learning - In this model, units and lessons are set up with real life projects. Students work their way through the project and usually comprise a final project to share.  PBL often is very motivating for the student and can involve team work.

Click here for more information about PBL.

#2 Peer Led Classrooms - In this model, the teacher is a facilitator and the students are instructors.  Students who have mastered the content first, help other students to learn the content. Students often learn better from their peers than from the instructor.  The teacher plays an important role of cheerleader and students need to be able to learn cooperatively.

Click here for more information about Peer Led Learning.

#3 Flipped Classrooms or Self Paced Classrooms - In this model the teacher records their lessons and students can work at their own pace to learn the material and demonstrate understanding. During class students are able to work in groups and also get one-on-one time with their teacher. 

Click here for more information about Flipped Classrooms.

Spring is the perfect time of year to spice up your instructional methods and give students some choice in their learning. I highly recommend giving one or more of the above three learning methods a try. 

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