Having heard and read a lot about personalised learning has raised multiple questions in our minds. But, the most unsettling question is whether our child is leveraging the advancements in this field to achieve his/her maximum potential, or is it all a well-fabricated hoax?
Here, we’ve tried debunking some common myths surrounding the personalised learning models of top schools in Greater Noida.
- We need an individualised teaching model to replace the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to learning.
Fact: Individualised, personalised and personal learning: each of them serves a unique purpose and entails different benefits.
Individualisation is like going to a buffet. Hosts offer you standard options on the vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu, but the selection of dishes and the portion size depends on a gourmet’s preferences. Likewise, students can control the pace of their learning by working on different worksheets, repeating lessons, or choosing the way of delivering a classroom project.
Personal learning involves private tuitions or curated lessons delivered at a coaching center. It is similar to being served at a restaurant. You inform the waiter about your meal choices that are prepared by chefs. Every customer gets preference, but they share similar experiences.
There’s a better scope for customisation in this case, as students are engaged in activities of their choice. They’re motivated to think and control the pace of their learning by choosing the way they want to study. Everybody is happy and enjoys learning, the way they love their mom’s cooking.
- Application of tools and technology for project-based learning is a necessity.
Fact: Yes, technology simplifies things and creates an engaging experience for students, but it doesn’t lie at the core of the instructional concept.
Schools may carve a variety of learning paths, which may or may not involve the application of digital assets. For instance, in the first grade, when familiarising students with plants, lessons are best-delivered through outdoor discovery in nature. Alternatively, the importance of washing hands before meals could be demonstrated through a loaf of bread displaying fungal growth when picked with soiled hands.
Both digital and analogue tools can enhance a student’s learning, subject to different perspectives and learning interests.
- It’s best implemented via an expansive infrastructure with scarce and high-end resources.
Fact: Smartboards, tablets, lavish interiors, etc. do not guarantee a better learning outcome.
A recent study conducted in the UK highlights the need to consider three basic factors, when designing infrastructure and resources:
- Customisation (charts, flash cards, and different learning materials)
- Stimulation (color, content, interiors)
- Natural elements (air quality, natural sunlight, etc.)
With just limited resources, a holistic, data-driven and flexible teaching approach easily fulfils the primary objective of formal school education, which is, helping students improve their learning abilities, irrespective of unequal starting conditions.
- Personalisation requires a paradigm shift from a traditional learning environment.
Fact: Not really! It just offers a fresh take on the age-old trend: Maria’s Montessori teaching method, being the best example.
Personalisation was the essence of Maria Montessori’s teaching model. Taking a short trip down the memory lane, we realised, all the playschools in our days shared many common characteristics.
- They used creatively constructed content for teaching.
- The goals, approaches, and resources were optimised to suit the interests of each learner.
- Pre-schoolers were given a choice to direct their learning pattern through projects and activities of their choice.
- Teachers monitored in the background, guiding and instructing kids, who worked individually and in smaller groups.
Creative educators have always encouraged students to develop their interests and skills, providing occasional feedback and support, wherever required. We just failed to notice it.
- Personalising pedagogy students replaces the need for special education.
Fact: Every student, including a special needs child, follows their own learning path, which reduces the stigma of receiving special education in a school community. However, this doesn’t completely eliminate its requirement in the case of students with specific requirements.
“We’ve explained it to your child over and over again, but she just doesn’t get it.”
“We need to finish the course on time. We can’t attend to all his needs.”
A personalised learning model puts an end to negative reviews like these. Students develop a new skill after they’ve mastered their basic competencies. They get opportunities to discover their strengths and catch up with others in the same class, which ultimately boosts their self-confidence. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’model’ when it comes to education.
The key benefit of personalised interventions is pupils learn to take ownership of their task while developing a deep connection among themselves, and with others around them!
The Infinity School, aspiring to be one of the best schools in Greater Noida, offers endless possibilities on the way to a fulfilling education, ensuring all-round development of children through personalised interventions for each child, which includes:
- A smaller class size with an appropriate teacher-student ratio for better monitoring of student progress
- Personalised feedback, coupled with custom lesson plans catering to different requirements
- Differentiated learning, implemented through a level-wise international reading program and more
- Thinking curriculum that emphasises on problem-solving, logical reasoning, critical and strategic thinking
- Structured sports curriculum delivered by experienced coaches
So, what do you want for your kids: To be who they’re, or who others want them to be? To learn through self-observation and exploration, or to learn what they’re being taught by others? Feel free to share your opinion!