Personalized learning calls on educators to “[tailor] learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” (Aurora Institute). Successfully meeting those needs and preferences are what makes learning relevant and builds student ownership of learning. Education Elements published “The Core 4 Elements of Personalized Learning” to name the most common instructional changes that teachers and teams implement when they personalize learning for students.
The teachers and schools that best personalize learning recognize the unique backgrounds, interests, and identities every student brings to class. They approach that uniqueness as an asset and as a responsibility. That uniqueness can both enhance an individual’s learning experience and the experience of the entire class. It also requires educators to better know their students and themselves.
The implementation of personalized learning creates an opportunity for educators to meet the needs of all students, honor their uniqueness, and build ownership of learning. When schools prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, they create an environment where personalized learning is most likely to be successful.