Embracing a Buzzword: Personalized Learning

It’s in my nature to bristle at slogans and buzzwords. I’ve taught long enough to know that buzzwords are easy to toss around, much harder to understand, and nearly impossible to transform into effective change. So when I first heard the term “personalized learning”, I questioned it. Does it mean we cater to the whims of every child? Is it just another word for “blended learning? How is it different from the individualized education plans we write in special education?

While I still question the ways I hear the term used, even by many who style themselves as experts in personalized learning, I think I’ve clarified what it means for me, the extent that I am already using it, and how embracing the buzzword might help me move my program toward richer student gains.Read More »