We all have unique strengths, interests and capabilities. Our personalities, passions and aspirations are as diverse as the way we look. Thankfully today we can personalize everything from pizza toppings to phone contracts. However, in many parts of the world education is lagging behind with a one-model-fits-all approach. Let’s take a closer look at why personalized learning is important from the very start.
Discover strengths and weaknesses
Personalized learning enables the most important step in growth and development, self-awareness. I must first understand where I am at right now as a learner. What am I good at and what do I need to be better in? In doing so, I become aware of my individual learning strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, I can now identify the ways in which I learn best. Do I prefer sitting in silence and reading, to project work with peers, or a mixture of both? Following self-evaluation, I can decide where I want to go from here, which will be my learning goal. Then I can harness my strengths and improve my weaknesses to reach this goal.
Nurture a passion for learning
Learning happens most organically when we like what we learn. Say for example, I’m super interested in all things space related. I’m passionate about space exploration and aspire to become an astronaut one day. This means I’m intrinsically motivated to learn more about this topic, without someone else making me do so. Personalized learning taps into the intrinsic motivation of individual learners. It’s crucial to encourage younger children in particular, to pick and learn about topics they like most. Furthermore, it is possible to integrate and teach core subjects such as mathematics, physical education or language under umbrella themes that kids find interesting. Through personalized learning we can nurture a passion for learning from a young age.
Develop essential knowledge and key life skills
By learning what you like, the way you like, you will start to develop knowledge and skills necessary for everyday life. You become resourceful by independently searching for new information and asking for help from others when needed. More importantly, you will begin to appreciate and enjoy the level of work, practice and dedication that goes into learning. In other words personalized learning helps us to learn how to learn.
Transfer knowledge and skills to learn less appealing topics
Once you learn how to learn, you can apply the knowledge and skills gained in different contexts. Additionally, personalized learning also helps you to discover the joy of learning. As a result, putting the work necessary to learn things which you don’t enjoy but are important to navigate through modern life, becomes less challenging. Personalized learning is a step by step process which empowers learners to become the best versions of themselves. This is why it is important to learn things your way from the very start.
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