Avoiding the Dehumanizing Effects of Personalized Learning
We often believe that the more we individualize, the more personalized learning is. But it turns out that individualization can, in fact, have diminishing returns on learning that’s truly personal.
Over the course of the 75 minutes, I hope to demonstrate humanized personalization by engaging participants in a simulation of what it feels like in the classroom. I will teach participants like I teach my students: with an open-ended task. Through this task, they will see that it is their agency that creates points of convergence and divergence over the course of learning block and, in turn, helps them personalize the learning experience for themselves. We will discuss five myths of personalized learning, and how teachers and administrators can work together to avoid the dehumanizing effects of technology-powered personalized learning. At the end of the session, participants will create an action plan for implementing humanized personalization.
We are an independent school in the city of Chicago, serving a predominantly affluent community. Our youngest classes are greater than 50% students of color.
Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning if It’s not Personal? (EdSurge)
Is Standardization the Answer to Personalization? (ASCD)
Personalized Learning is a Problem of Privilege (EdSurge)
Personalized Learning Isn’t About Tech (Edutopia)
A Healthy Ecosystem for Classroom Management (ASCD)