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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Biggest Challenge to Personalizing Learning

Biggest Challenge to Personalizing Learning

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What is the biggest stumbling block you see to personalizing learning in the classroom? we know teachers should be differentiating the lessons to adapt to the needs of students with IEPs, but what do you see as the challenges to meeting the needs of all students? Where do you need the most support or guidance?

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Thiago Fernandes's picture

I believe it will simply never happen in our system. For personalized learning, the student needs to lead his own learning, not the teacher. Teachers' job is not to impart knowledge and be authority figures that tell students what to do.

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

[quote]I believe it will simply never happen in our system. For personalized learning, the student needs to lead his own learning, not the teacher. Teachers' job is not to impart knowledge and be authority figures that tell students what to do.[/quote]

I look at teachers as being mentors to students, not cafeteria ladies paid to serve up knowledge for those who care to partake, but maybe I'm crazy. Thiago- if the teacher's job is not to impart knowledge and/or mentor kids, what is their job????

Thiago Fernandes's picture

I didn't express myself clearly.

I believe teachers are mentors. They are guides. But not authority figures. Authority is unnecessary and, in my opinion, counter-productive to the process. Teachers should encourage kids and point them in the right direction through respect and wisdom. You don't need to overtly tell students what to do, then you're taking power away from them. I think the job of a teacher is much more human and indirect. If it feels at all mechanical, something is not right.

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