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March 2017 | Volume 74 | Number 6
Getting Personalization Right
Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda
Teachers need to mix the components of personalized learning to achieve the right balance of teacher and student control.
Educators overwhelmingly agree that the "one size fits all" model of teaching and learning is now behind us. At the same time, though, we face real uncertainty about what's ahead. Personalized learning offers a new direction, but what does this term actually mean? And how should it change the way we work with our students?
Let's start by offering one definition: Personalized learning is a progressively student-driven model in which students deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, and rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes.1
The phrase "progressively student-driven" is important because it recognizes that personalizing varies depending on the goals of the lesson and the current needs of the student.
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